Indonesia's first MRT to open in March

Workers at one of the 13 stations that will form the Jakarta MRT network when it opens in March. Among other things, floor tiles in the platform waiting area have been laid.
Workers at one of the 13 stations that will form the Jakarta MRT network when it opens in March. Among other things, floor tiles in the platform waiting area have been laid.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA
The completion of Jakarta's MRT will give 170,000 commuters a day the chance to avoid the Indonesian capital's horrendous traffic jams.
The completion of Jakarta's MRT will give 170,000 commuters a day the chance to avoid the Indonesian capital's horrendous traffic jams.PHOTO: REUTERS

Almost 95% of 15.7km network completed; support facilities like shops to be built later

Indonesia's first mass rapid transit (MRT) rail system is on track to begin operating from March next year, giving 170,000 commuters a day the opportunity to avoid the capital's horrendous traffic jams.

Nearly 95 per cent of the 15.7km route - with 13 stations - had been completed by the end of last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Indonesia's first MRT to open in March'. Print Edition | Subscribe