Jakarta: The ticket price of Jakarta mass rapid transit (MRT) have been finally agreed by the Jakarta Provincial Administration and the Jakarta Legislative Council.
According to the officials, the minimum fare was set at Rp 4,000. In the meantime, the maximum fare was set at Rp 14,000.
"If the distance is short, the ticket price will be cheaper. If the distance is far, the ticket price will be more expensive," Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan told the press on Tuesday.
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"If you go from Lebak Bulus station to Fatmawati station, the ticket price will be Rp4,000. If you go from Lebak Bulus station to Bundaran Hotel Indonesia station, the ticket price will be Rp14,000," the former education minister explained.
The first phase of Jakarta MRT was officially inaugurated by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Sunday. The inauguration cereremony was also attended by various high-ranking officials.
Operated by region-owned company PT MRT Jakarta, the first phase of Jakarta MRT connects Bundaran Hotel Indonesia in Central Jakarta and Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta. Covering 15.7 km distance in under 30 minutes, It comprises seven elevated stations and six underground stations.
President Jokowi earlier instructed authorities to integrate public transportation services in Greater Jakarta. He underlined that the policy would ease traffic jams in the region.
The Greater Jakarta region comprises Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi. It has a population of more than 28 million people.
The region is the most populous urban area in Indonesia. It is also the center of government and economy of the country.
"Traffic congestion in Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang has caused massive economic losses. This issue has been ignored for decades," President Jokowi told a limited cabinet meeting in early March.
"Ministries, agencies, regions should remove sectoral ego. We should prioritize our national interest," President Jokowi noted.