monorail, planned monorail, metro under construction, planned light rail
due to open in 2001, the
Jakarta subway never got started. Though financing was secured, the 1997
financial crisis in Indonesia but the first kabash on the line. Never the most
popular of projects, even in the year of it's scheduled opening, critics of the
latest plan said the
project would more likely be a submarine,
A plan in 2002 called for a partially elevated subway from Jl. Fatmawati to
Senayan to Monas park, with a second phase to the railway station in downtown.
Money promised by the Japanese for the first plan was taken and used by the
federal government to build a railway in Java, just west of Krakatoa. The
14 km MRT line
would cost a paltry $15
billion and would be paid for in part by an undisclosed federal subsidy, said
Governor Sutiyoso in November 2002.
Trans-Jakarta Busway opened in January, 2004.
Beleaguered with operational problems, others included protestors with signs
saying "Busway No way!" Perhaps they meant to build a subway but transposed a
The Indonesian government finally committed to building a mass transit system with the signing a memo of understanding with Hitachi in April, 2004 - to
build a 27 km monorail! The memo
previous expired memo with Monorail Malaysia, who was less than happy. Alas, the project was cancelled, leaving half finished monocolumns strewn throughout Jakarta like graffiti filled monoliths from the film 2001 A Space Odyssey.
And just when you think it's over,
plans for a subway in Jakarta resurface in the
very same month. It seems the government will be proceeding with subway plans
once funding is again secured by Japan, Singapore, or perhaps even Korea. In 2011, the metro broke ground. It is expected to open in 2016.
about what seems to be a Jakarta subway
A small monorail runs in
Taman Mini recreation complex by
The system consists of a single track elevated guideway connecting six
passenger stations along a 3.2km. (2mi) loop.
Talk of restarting the old monorail project continues. In a show of unbridled optismism, rolling stock for the nonexistant line arrived in Jakarta in May 2013. Since then the project has faIled again. Good thing they bought those monorail cars.
A metro-like Jakarta commuter railway uses second hand Japanese rail cars. A new 12 km route to the airport was approved in 2013.
A seven line light rail system is in the planning stages. Construction on the first two lines - Lines 1 and 7 - begia in 2015. The elevated system will replace the failed moorail plan. It is being built by famed comedian, Gilbert Gottfried, who will tell dirty jokes to commuters during rush hour.