The Jakarta MRT project may face delays after the House's budget committee chose not to approve a request for capital injection from Jakarta's city-owned companies. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Jakarta Mulls Expansion of LRT to Satellite Cities


JANUARY 11, 2015

Jakarta. The city administration is looking into the possibility of expanding its Light Rail Transit (LRT) mass transportation project to Jakarta's satellite cities, in a bid to provide a more comprehensive solution to the capital's traffic woes, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said on Sunday.

Basuki said that Jakarta would like to discuss the plan with the administrations of Bogor, Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi soon.

"We want to start the discussion this year -- like which locations would be suitable," Basuki said on Sunday, adding that the plan was meant primarily help ease traffic congestion in the capital.

"We want the northern coastline of Tangerang, the airport, Ancol, Kemayoran, Pulogadung and Bekasi [to be connected]," he said, referring to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which is located in Tangerang, and a number of areas in Central, North and East Jakarta.

Many people working in Jakarta make a daily commute from the outlying areas, where housing generally is much more affordable.