Soekarno-Hatta Airport train expected to be operational by July 2017

Soekarno-Hatta Airport train expected to be operational by July 2017

Atmosphere implementation of the development train station Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (SHIA), Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday (Sept. 25, 2016). (ANTARA/Lucky R.)

The coaches will be delivered from Sweden in March 2017."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The railway service connecting Jakarta to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten Province, should be complete and fully operational by July 2017, President Director of PT Railink Heru Kuswanto said here Monday.

The service will provide 124 trips per day, with each train consisting of 10 coaches capable of transporting 274 passengers per trip.

It is expected to run every 15 minutes to transport a total of 33,976 passengers per day, Kuswanto said.

Canadian firm Bombardier was appointed to manufacture the trains.

"The coaches will be delivered from Sweden in March 2017," Kuswanto said.

The government has invested US$70 billion to procure 10 trains from the rail equipment division of Bombardier.

The trains will be customized to meet the national standard of railway gauge of 1,067 millimeters.

The government has a budget of Rp2.7 trillion for the construction of the airport railway service which will be integrated into several Jakartas city train stations such as Manggarai, Sudirman Baru, Duri, and Batu Ceper.

The train journey from Manggarai Station to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is expected to take 54 minutes at Rp100,000 per trip.

The railway network will be integrated with Terminal 1, 2 and 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

PT Rilink is a joint venture enterprise between national railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia and the state-owned airport service enterprise PT Angkasa Pura.

(Reporting by Juwita Trisna Rahayu/Uu.A059/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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