In anticipation of thousands of travelers expected to converge on Jakarta for tonight’s New Year’s Eve festivities, the state-owned railway company plans to operate two special trains this evening, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Ahmad Sujadi, spokesperson for PT Kereta Api Indonesia’s Jakarta region, said the company will provide night trains to the city, departing from Bogor and Bekasi.
“Each train can carry up to 1,200 people in its eight coaches,” he said.
Ahmad said the train from Bogor would depart at 10:00 p.m. for Jakarta’s Gambir station in Central Jakarta and return at 1:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, while the Bekasi-Gambir train would depart at 9:30 p.m. and return at 1:35 a.m.
Ahmad said the Bekasi and Bogor routes, priced at Rp 5,000 (46 cents) and Rp 6,000, respectively, were provided for suburban residents who wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Jakarta.
“We expect the additional trains will help minimize road congestion,” he said, adding that the trains would stop at each station along the route.
This month, Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal reopened a track linking Bogor with Sukabumi in West Java after it was closed in 2006 due to poor maintenance.
In an effort to minimize accidents, the transportation ministry will allocate Rp 3.6 trillion in 2009 to revamp the railway system, focusing on restoration of tracks and coach cars.