Serpong-Airport Monorail Aims for 2016 Start
Serang. A monorail linking Soekarno-Hatta airport with Serpong, Tangerang, has been scheduled for operation in 2016 by the management company, although no feasibility study has yet been conducted.
“We want the concept to be similar to Singapore ['s MRT]; whose stations are immediately connected to shopping centers,” Banten Global Development president director Saleh M. T. said in Serang on Wednesday.
The monorail track is planned to span 35 kilometers, passing a total of 16 stations, some of which will be integrated into shopping malls. The project has been estimated to cost Rp 7 trillion ($656 million).
The project will be constructed by Singapore-based firm Denicor, while day-to-day operations will be managed by BGD, which is is owned by the Banten government, and by state-owned rail company, Inka.
The two firms have formed a joint venture to run the monorail — Banten Excel Skytransport.
“We expect the feasibility study and the basic design to be completed about three months from now,” Saleh told Indonesian news portal antaranews.com. “We’re targeting the monorail to commence operation in 2016.”
Each train that will run on the monorail track is planned to consist of three carriages able to carry 600 passengers, Saleh said, although he declined to add how many trains the company was planning on operating.