Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo participated in the trial run of Jakarta mass rapid transit (MRT) from the Bundaran Hotel Indonesia station in Central Jakarta to Lebak Bulus station in South Jakarta on Tuesday.
President Jokowi departed from Bundaran Hotel Indonesia station at 12:00 p.m local time. President Jokowi talked with the participants of the trial run during the journey.
"The quality is very good. It is capable of carrying 1,800 passengers per trip," President Jokowi told the press after the trial run.
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"We should prepare similar public transportation in Palembang, North Sumatera, Bandung, Surabaya, and Makassar. We should now wait until it is too late," President Jokowi noted.
President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Puan Maharani, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara, Land and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed authroities to integrate public transportation services in Greater Jakarta. President Jokowi believes that the policy could reduce traffic issues in the region.
"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 on Tuesday.
"Ministries, agencies, regions should remove sectoral ego. We should prioritize our national interest," President Jokowi noted.
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.
According to reports, President Jokowi will inaugurate the first phase of Jakarta mass rapid transit (MRT) project on March 24. Connecting Bundaran Hotel Indonesia and Lebak Bulus, the route will have 7 elevated stations and 6 underground stations.