During a press conference at the opening of the 2022 TOD Fair in Jakarta, Baswedan remarked that work on the underground pedestrian crossing project would be completed in the next 18 months, or in around 2023.
"This is a historic day to start the project of the first underground pedestrian crossing in Indonesia that will enable MRT passengers to reach buildings around the MRT station," he explained on Thursday.
The governor also noted that this pedestrian crossing was part of Jakarta's future development since corridors will be built for all MRT development projects to connect to the surrounding buildings.
Furthermore, he explained that this development was a second level of integration wherein MRT stations will be connected to the surrounding buildings.
Meanwhile, the first level of integration is intermodal integration, specifically connection between MRT to TransJakarta, trains, and other means of public transport that currently have nine first-level integrated stations.
With the interconnection program from the government and the private sector, Baswedan is optimistic of people shifting from using private vehicles to means of public transportation.
"We want the shift from using private vehicles to means of public transportation to be a rational movement, with much more efficient costs," the former education and culture minister affirmed.
Meanwhile, President Director of PT MRT Jakarta, William Sabandar, affirmed that this development will cost around Rp150 billion that was fully funded by the developer.
"This project will be 100-percent funded by our developer. It is estimated at around Rp150 billion," Sabandar remarked.
This facility will be of international standard, with access to people on bicycles, those on foot, and disabled individuals, as well as be supported by elevator infrastructure.
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