Govt. to Build Railroad to Jakarta Airport

The government plans to build a railway line linking Jakarta with the main Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in an effort to ease the city's traffic problems, the railroad operator's chief said on Wednesday (22/8/07).

PT RaiLink, a joint venture firm between state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api and state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, expects to wrap up the 18-km railroad by 2009 and predicts it will be used by some 9 million passengers a year, the company's president director, Masjraul Hidayat, told Reuters.
The Rp1.7 trillion ($180.2 million) project is part of the government's ongoing efforts to ease traffic in the city.

"We expect to carry around 20% to 30% of passengers traveling to and from the airport. According to our recent survey, there were about 30 million passengers traveling via Soekarno-Hatta airport in 2006," Hidayat said.

He said RaiLink is still considering options to finance the projects. He did not elaborate.
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