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This aerial photo taken on Sept. 30, 2023 shows a high-speed electric multiple unit (EMU) train of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway running in Purwakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared the official operation of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) at Halim Station in Jakarta Monday morning.

Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway begins operation, expected to see ridership of around 10 million trips in the first year

(Global Times) -- The Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR), the first HSR in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, officially began operation on Monday.
The high-speed line, a landmark project under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), connects Indonesia’s capital Jakarta and another major city Bandung. Observers said it will have a demonstration effect for future BRI developments in Southeast Asia.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday declared the official operation of the Jakarta-Bandung HSR at Halim Station in Jakarta, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
At the ceremony, Widodo announced the name of the HSR - “Whoosh” - inspired by the sound of the train, saying that the high-speed train marks the modernisation of Indonesia’s transportation system, which is efficient, environmentally friendly and integrated with other public transportation networks, Xinhua reported.
The Indonesian Transportation Ministry issued an operating license Friday to PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China (KCIC), a consortium of Indonesian and Chinese firms responsible for developing and operating the Jakarta-Bandung HSR line.
From September 7 to 30, the high-speed railway conducted trial operations, having offered free rides to local residents, according to media reports.
A spokesperson of the China Railway No.4 Engineering Group Co told the Global Times in September that ridership of the HSR could exceed 10 million trips in the first year of operation.
China Railway No.4 Engineering Group Co participated in the construction of the rail line.
Connecting Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and Bandung, the fourth-largest city in Indonesia, the Jakarta-Bandung HSR is 142 kilometres long and has a maximum design speed of 350 kilometres per hour. It will cut the journey between the two cities from 3.5 hours to just 40 minutes.
The HSR passes through the hinterlands of West Java province and has several stops including Halim, Karawang, Padalarang and Tegalluar.
The grand opening of the HSR received a warm welcome from the locals, who see the project as a symbol of national pride and a dream come true.
Grace Jessica, an Indonesian assistant director at the Tegalluar station of the Jakarta-Bandung HSR, told the Global Times that the “beautiful day” for a rapid ride has finally arrived. “Before the opening, many friends asked me for train tickets, and my family also longs for a chance to get on board,” she noted.
As the HSR becomes a reality, Zhang Chao, executive director of the board of KCIC, told the Global Times that his feelings could be compared to “sitting the national college entrance exam,” and he is excited to see eight years of hard work pay off, while having a sense of responsibility to ensure the line operates smoothly.
The Jakarta-Bandung HSR is the first time that Chinese high-speed railway technology was implemented in an all-round way outside of China, with the whole system, all elements and entire industrial chain.
Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Lu Kang told the Global Times in a recent interview that in the long term, the HSR will further optimise the local investment environment, increase job opportunities, drive commercial and tourism development along the line, and even create new growth points to speed up the building of an HSR economic corridor.

(Latest Update October 3, 2023)

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