The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project is nearing completion and is expected to be operational by mid-August. According to the Indonesia-China High-Speed Train (KCIC) consortium the project is currently 91 percent completed, and the inaugural commercial service is planned as a “special gift” to commemorate Indonesia’s 78th anniversary. The high-speed train will connect Halim Station and Padalarang Station in Bandung, integrating with Greater Jakarta’s light rail transit (LRT) system and commuter train stations along the way.
The recent test run of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train achieved a speed of 300 kilometers per hour, demonstrating the progress made in preparing for its operation. The test was conducted using the CIT (inspection train) and attended by various officials, including representatives from the government and relevant ministries. The KCIC plans to gradually increase the train’s speed, aiming to reach its peak operational speed of 350 km/h and its maximum technical speed of 385 km/h.
During the trial phase, the number of passengers will be limited. Later on it will gradually increase as the train operates normally, complying with existing regulations. The fares for the three classes of the high-speed train have yet to be determined. To ensure the safety of passengers, the KCIC is collaborating with the Ministry of Transportation and security forces to guard against potential disruptions. The project also focuses on human resources, with ongoing recruitment and training efforts to obtain the best talent in the country.
With final preparations underway and ongoing discussions between the KCIC, contractors, and the Transportation Ministry, the operating license for the high-speed train is expected to be granted by the government soon. According to Chief Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan The train’s official launch is scheduled for August 18, the day after Independence Day, marking a significant milestone in Indonesia’s transportation development.
Source : JakartaGlobe