State construction company Hutama Karya is proposing the construction of a Rp 10 trillion ($1 billion) sky train to link Jakarta to Bekasi in the eastern outskirts of the capital.
Hutama Karya president director Tri Widjajanto said on Thursday that they were proposing the construction of the elevated railway, to run some 15 meters above ground, to the government to help alleviate the city’s traffic congestion.
Tri said the proposed sky train would run on unused sections of elevated toll roads. He foresees the first stage to be the construction of a 13-kilometer elevated railway track between Bekasi and Cawang. The following stages will see a link from Cawang to Semanggi, eight kilometers away, and from there to Tomang, another five kilometers more.
“We have already presented this sky train transportation mode to the minister for state enterprises and he was really receptive. This will become one of the solutions for the congestion and also an alternative transportation mode for Jakarta,” he said.
Tri said the company hoped the funding could come from the state budget, but if the government wanted to opt for a public-private partnership, Hutama Karya would be ready to invest together with several partners, including state toll operator PT Jasa Marga.
“The government should be able to fund this because it concerns public transportation and the tariff could be set at Rp 9,000. Without the support of the government, this project would not be financially feasible,” Tri said.
For the construction, Hutama Karya was envisaging the use of rotating pillars to minimize disruption to traffic. He also said the sky train system would be able to connect to other networks such as the TransJakarta busway system, the MRT and the KRL commuter train.
“So there will be stations that will serve as crossing points between the sky train and other transportation modes and the center would be in Cawang,” he said.
If approved by the government, the feasibility study could start in 2013 and the estimated two-year construction for the first phase could start in 2014.