Japan commits 140 billion yen loan to Jakarta for rapid train project

The Japanese government pledges a substantial loan of approximately 140.7 billion yen ($900 million) for Jakarta’s second train line, emphasizing Japan’s ongoing collaboration in enhancing Indonesia’s transportation infrastructure.

The Japanese government has pledged a substantial loan of approximately 140.7 billion yen (about $900 million) to support the construction of Jakarta’s second train line as part of Indonesia’s ambitious mass rapid transit system project. This financial commitment underscores Japan’s ongoing collaboration with Indonesia in enhancing its transportation infrastructure.

The proposed East-West Line project spans a significant distance of 84.1 kilometres and will be implemented in two phases. The initial phase, covering a distance of 24.5 kilometres, is slated to commence construction by 2026 and reach completion by 2031. These details were confirmed by the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta, emphasizing the meticulous planning and timeline for this crucial transportation initiative.

Integral to the development of the new train line is the incorporation of cutting-edge Japanese technology for both the vehicle and signalling systems. Leveraging Japan’s expertise in railway technology, Jakarta aims to introduce state-of-the-art infrastructure that promises to enhance efficiency and safety within its mass transit network.

The decision to expand Jakarta’s mass transit system comes against the backdrop of the city’s enduring challenges with traffic congestion and air pollution, exacerbated by rapid urbanization and population growth. By investing in modern transportation solutions, Indonesian authorities seek to alleviate these pressing issues while fostering sustainable urban development.

Notably, the ongoing MRT project in Jakarta has already seen significant progress with the inauguration of the first phase—a 15.7-kilometer stretch of the North-South Line—in 2019. Facilitated by a previous loan from Japan, this milestone marked a significant step forward in the city’s efforts to revolutionize its public transportation landscape.