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JAKARTA | Monorail

A US$600 Million two-line monorail system is under construction in Jakarta. The system will have a total length of 27 km, which will make it the longest monorail system outside of Japan. Trains will be supplied by Hitachi:





There will be two lines. The Green Line will be a circuit of 14.8 km. The Blue Line will be a 12.2 km line that crosses the city from northwest to southeast. The system is being designed to carry 270,000 people per day. The Green Line is expected to open in 2006 and the Blue Line in 2007. A map of the system is illustrated below:



Presently, there is very little information about the system available on the Internet. There is an official website; however, it remains under construction:

http://www.jakartamonorail.com/

More information is available at the Indonesia Transit Central website:

http://www.i-transitcentral.co.id/

Also, an informative article appears at the following website:

http://indahnesia.com/Indonesia/Jawa/Jakarta/Jakarta.php?code=JAKMON
 

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this is great news, been waiting for it for a long time. i hope the monorail helps ease the traffic burden in the city. once operational, i think there shouldn't be as many problems as there are with the busway system.
 

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oh, and one more thing, i do hope the monorail cars aren't painted like that on the first pic.
 

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wow

great news, I really like monorails, they look really great.
 

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Monorail is not one of my favourites ways of transport, but ok, it seems good for the city!:)
 

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Not sure that monorail is the most appropiate mass transit for a large city like Jakarta (10m pop with daily influx of 6m+) but it is a start. Given that it is targetted towards the more affluent areas of the city it will most likely have good patronage.

A subway in Jakarta is hard given seasonal flooding but will most likely be the only real long term solution. Although, a BRT has been introduced.

There's more on the monorail on the indo part of the forum http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=156868&page=1&pp=20.

Any construction pics would be great to see.
 

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It came from the Jakarta Post, which was noting the backed up traffic as a result of the monorail construction.

I would agree that a monorail system is not entirely adequate for a city the size of Jakarta. They are going ahead with a MRT project which will be financed by a Japanese bank. Still, it's not enough, but only after a few more years of increased economic activity will they be able to put forward greater visions for the city.
 

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Yes! The subway project has been given a green light! It is not a very big network btw. Only one line has been approved. And will consist of elevated and underground station. And maybe some underwater station in case of flooding hehehehehehe.

Jakarta massive transport will mainly consist of BRT, Monorail, MRT and river transport which is all should be underconstruction by now (minus MRT).
 

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In the near future, i think Jakarta is better off with BRTs since they are cheap and fast to build. The monorail is of course another good idea.

In the meantime, here's a picture of one Jakarta monorail station design

 

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but wait....

Investors ask city to finance monorail project
Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta 20/02/05

Financial questions surrounding the PT Jakarta Monorail consortium, which the city administration appointed to develop an ambitious monorail system, has left the fate of the project in doubt.

Governor Sutiyoso said on Friday foreign investors in the consortium had asked the city administration to finance at least 30 percent of the US$650 million project.......cont.

See, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=156868&page=2&pp=20
 

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Here is the full text of the article form the Jakarta Post:


Investors ask city to finance monorail project
Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta

Financial questions surrounding the PT Jakarta Monorail consortium,
which the city administration appointed to develop an ambitious
monorail system, has left the fate of the project in doubt.

Governor Sutiyoso said on Friday foreign investors in the consortium
had asked the city administration to finance at least 30 percent of
the US$650 million project.

"They asked the administration and local partners to help finance 30
percent of the project, while they will cover the remaining 70
percent," Sutiyoso said at City Hall.

Sutiyoso said the city administration likely would agree to the
request, pointing out that similar equity sharing schemes were used
to finance monorail projects in Bangkok and Manila.

The governor previously said investors would wholly fund the
monorail and the administration would only provide the necessary
legal facilities.

The investors said in December several foreign financial
institutions, including the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic
Development Bank and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation,
had asked the consortium to complete some legal documents required
to process their loans.

The legal documents included a gubernatorial decree on the use of
certain lots of land for the project. The city administration issued
the required documents, but it is unclear whether the financial
institutions have disbursed the loans.

The chairman of City Council's Commission D on development affairs,
Sayogo Hendrosubroto, rejected the equity sharing scheme.

"My answer is no. We must not take part in any financial plans made
by the consortium until we conduct an in-depth study of their plan,"
said Sayogo, adding that the councillors would have the final say on
the matter, not the consortium.

"Since the very beginning I have been suspicious and doubtful about
the consortium's ability to get the money for the project. It has
always been reluctant to disclose the sources of its financing for
us to verify," he added.

However, PT Jakarta Monorail president director Ruslan Diwirjo
denied the consortium did not have the funds to complete the
project.

"No, that is not the reason," Ruslan told the Post over the phone.

He said the reason for proposing the equity sharing scheme was to
convince foreign investors that the administration was really
serious about supporting to the project.

"Governor Sutiyoso has agreed to the proposal, but since it is
impossible to materialize the scheme in this year's city budget, we
plan to use next year's budget," he said.

The monorail project is expected to be completed toward the end of
2006.

Meanwhile, the State Secretariat, which controls the Bung Karno
sports complex in Central Jakarta, has not given permission for the
project to pass in front of the complex.

The consortium already has erected several pylons along Jl. Asia-
Africa in front of the sports complex, disrupting traffic along the
street.
 

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The following is borrowed from a post by Tata on the Indonesia forum:


STALLED WORK: A worker uses a shovel to turn soil and gravel near a piling frame of the mass rapid transit project on Jl. Asia Afrika in Central Jakarta. The fate of the US$650 million project became unclear after the developer, PT Jakarta Monorail, asked the administration to help finance the project. JP/P.J. Leo
 

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Surely the Governor or city council has a large 'slush fund' lying around somewhere to at least keep construction going until a special budget allocation, perhaps from the national govt., can be put in place.

Didn't the Governors old 'tea and bickies' budget come to US$10m?
 

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An update on how the project is coming along...



Matahari and Bukaka eye Jakarta's MRT project

Damar Harsanto and Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Matahari and Bukaka Groups have expressed interest in taking up the US$60 million equity PT Jakarta Monorail requested from the city administration to finance the $650 million mass rapid transit (MRT) system.

Governor Sutiyoso said on Monday that several businessmen, including Robby Sumampouw of the Matahari Group, were seriously studying the project.

"They are still studying the profitability of the project and the equity-sharing scheme proposed by the consortium recently," Sutiyoso said.

Earlier, the governor also said that Lippo Group was interested in the project, but Lippo denied the news just days later.

PT Jakarta Monorail's (JM) operational director Sukmawaty Sjukur, meanwhile, said on Monday that her company had met representatives of Vice President Jusuf Kalla's PT Bukaka Teknik Utama, which has also expressed interest in producing cars for the MRT.

According to her, Bukaka would cooperate with state-owned train maker PT INKA.

"They said they would soon make an official offer to Jakarta Monorail. We welcome any party interested to cooperate with us, including domestic investors," he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Desperate to secure loans needed to finance the project, JM -- which Sutiyoso directly appointed to build and operate the country's first MRT system for at least the first 30 years -- had asked the city administration to inject $60 million as equity into the project.

Although the proposal was widely criticized, Sutiyoso has expressed readiness to invest in the endeavor.

The administration is also considering approving JM's proposal to use cheaper technology, rather than Japanese Hitachi technology.

"I will depart for South Korea and the People's Republic of China early next month to see their MRT technology and make a comparison between cheaper technologies and Hitachi's," he said.

According to him, the administration will make a final decision on the technology adopted next month.

He acknowledged that uncertainties had slowed the project's progress, making it likely that the target for operation, which had been set for the end of 2006, would not likely be met.

"JM has promised to make up the time lost due to the financing problem. But, I think it will miss the target. Hopefully, the MRT will be operational by early 2007 at the latest," he added.

JM, which is owned by PT Indonesia Transit Central (ITC) and Omnico Singapore, Pte. Ltd, has also asked for an annual tariff subsidy of up to $20 million for up to eight years to keep the MRT fare at an "affordable" Rp 5,000.

JM has also asked the administration to impose a policy whereby fees would be charged for traveling on roads parallel to the MRT's corridors to boost MRT passengers, who would presumably be discouraged from driving.
 

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Jakarta Monorail favor Rotem over Hitachi

As far as I'm aware, the only thing that Rotem offers that could be considered to be a monorail is their maglev system:


http://www.rotem.co.kr/

It is possible that the term "monorail" is being used generically in the following article to describe any elevated train system. Rotem also makes conventional steel-wheeled light rail vehicles.

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http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20050423.G27&irec=6

Sutiyoso, Jakarta Monorail favor Rotem over Hitachi
Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta

Jakarta's monorail project is likely to use trains produced by South Korean firm Rotem after the city administration and PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) hinted that its technology was as good as that of Japan's Hitachi.

Governor Sutiyoso said on Thursday that monorail trains produced by Rotem were relatively cheaper than others, while its technology equaled that of Japan, France and Canada.

"It is up to PT Jakarta Monorail to make the decision. I will accept it as long as it is reasonable," he said.

Meanwhile, PT Jakarta Monorail director Sukmawaty Syukur said that Rotem train-maker would soon make an offer to the company.

Sutiyoso and a number of JM executives visited China and South Korea from April 15 to April 21 to observe the monorail technology used in the two countries.

JM was handpicked by the city administration to develop and build the country's first monorail worth US$650 million using Hitachi technology.

Transportation experts, however, have criticized the project as being too expensive, prompting JM to look for cheaper technology.

Sutiyoso said the city administration had considered Japanese, Chinese, South Korean, French, and Canada technology.

During a recent hearing with City Council Commission D for development affairs, Sukmawaty said her company had expected to use Japanese technology.

However, she admitted the price of the Japanese technology was too high and that her company was considering alternative technology.

Sutiyoso had told JM to decide within two weeks which technology to apply along the 27-kilometer of monorail lines. The monorail is expected to begin operation early 2007.

JM is constructing two monorail lines -- the green and blue.

The green line will pass by Taman Rasuna, Gran Melia Hotel, Gatot Subroto, Satria Mandala, city police headquarters, Sudirman Central Business District, Bung Karno sports complex, Palmerah, Pejompongan, Dukuh Atas Railway Station, Setia Budi Utara and Kuningan Sentral.

Meanwhile, the blue line will pass by Kampung Melayu, Tebet, Dr. Saharjo, Mentang Dalam, Casabanca Interchange, Mall Ambassador, Sudirman, Karet Interchange, Kebon Kacang, Tanah Abang, Cideng, Kyai Caringain, Tomang and Taman Anggrek Mall.

JM is supported by three local companies -- PT Adhi Karya, Global Profex Synergy and PT Radian Pilar Pasifik -- and three foreign companies -- Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT), Singapore Technology Electronics (ST-Electronics) and Hitachi Asia Ltd.
 
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