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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Services, Systems, Urban planning |

The Indonesian capital Jakarta has given the go-ahead for construction of a long-awaited underground and elevated mass rapid transit system.

The first phase will link Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Central Jakarta and is due to be operational by 2018. A second phase will connect the centre to Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta and is scheduled to be in action in 2020.

The whole system will consist of 13 stations, with seven elevated and six underground, and is intended to reduce traffic in the congested megacity by around 30 per cent.

Construction work will begin early next year. The estimated cost of phase one, which will involve building infrastructure along a 16 kilometre (ten mile) route, is US$1.5 billion.

The costs will be met through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Japanese building firms are expected to be involved in the project.

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