Thanks to a $2.6 billion loan from Japan, funded through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Indonesia has launched its first subway line in the capital Jakarta.
On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo inaugurated the 16-kilometer (10-mile) system running south from Jakarta’s downtown. It is the first phase of a development that when completed will create a cross-shaped network of stations on the teeming city of 30 million people.
The Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit train is aimed at staving off crippling traffic gridlock with comfortable transport facilities.
Meanwhile, the inauguration of this first phase of 16-kilometer subway line running south from Jakarta’s downtown on Sunday, was followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for an 8-kilometer (5-mile) line heading northward that is planned to be completed by 2024.
Indonesians and Jakarta residents will soon be enjoying less congestion which has relentlessly worsened in the past decade, thanks to the influential neighbor, Japan.