The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, has reached a new milestone this year. After years and years of planning and development, Jakarta finally has a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)! Since it officially opened for public on April 2019, MRT Jakarta has attracted Jakartans to try out this new mode of transportation. As an expat who might just come to Jakarta or perhaps hasn’t had the time to try the new MRT, there are several things you need to know before riding the MRT Jakarta.
There are 13 MRT stations
In Phase I, MRT Jakarta stops at 13 stations that lie about 10km from north to south of Jakarta. Most of the construction is elevated and there are 7 elevated stations. MRT Jakarta travels from Lebak Bulus, Fatmawati, Cipete Raya, Haji Nawi, Blok A, Blok M and Sisingamangaraja (now ASEAN station). The train depot is located near Lebak Bulus station. The good news is, most of the stations are well-integrated with other transportation modes, such as Transjakarta, Kopaja dan Metromini.
After going across ASEAN station (from south), you will get to underground constructions that consist of underground tunnel and six underground MRT stations, reaching out six kilometres in distance. They are Senayan, Istora, Bendungan Hilir, Setiabudi, Dukuh Atas and Bundaran Hotel Indonesia. It is said that if you travel with MRT Jakarta from top to toe of Phase I, instead of 90 minutes, you will need just 30 minutes of time compared to other common transportation!
Frequency of Train Departures
It is also important to know the timing of MRT Jakarta departures and arrivals so you can adjust your activities. Fortunately, you do not have to worry much because each train will be available every five minutes (in busy hour) and 10 minutes (outside busy hour). The first train departs at 5.00 in the morning. The following departure will be around 10 minutes until 6.00. Then, from 6.00 – 9.00, the train departs every five minutes. From then on, it gets back to 10 minutes until 24.00.
The Cost of Each Trip
The cost depends on how far you travel. One of the advantages of using MRT Jakarta is that it is really cheap! The governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan has previously contended that the rate is just Rp 10.000/10km. The cost of each trip varies, where the minimum fare is Rp 3.000 and the maximum fare is Rp 14.000. That means, you will pay Rp 3.000 or Rp 4.000 for the closest trip (just one station), and then it will be added Rp 1.000 for every next station.
Payment Methods to Use
MRT Jakarta had released a ticket called Kartu Jelajah. There should have been two types of Kartu Jelajah, they are Single Trip and Multi Trip. Unfortunately, Bank Indonesia (BI) has not given a permission to activate the Multi Trip yet. However, it is easy to get and pay the ticket. Once you have entered the station, you go to ticket counter or Ticket Vending Machine (TVM). Tell the officer where station you want to go and pay accordingly. You may as well use electronic money (e-money) from several banks, such as Bank Mandiri, Brizzi (BRI), Tap Cash (BNI), Flazz (BCA), Jakarta One (Bank DKI), and Jak Lingko. The system will automatically debit your balance according to the trip.
Just like other transportation modes, MRT Jakarta is a public facility that we should take care of where people have the right to use it responsibly in terms of safety and comfort. Here are several etiquettes in MRT Jakarta:
- Do not smoke in the station and/or on the train.
- Allow the passengers who are about to get off the train.
- Keep clean.
- Keep your voice down while calling or talking (turn down the volume of your mobile phone too!).
- Do not eat in the station, on the train and even after you entered the tap in.
- Priority seats for the priorities.
- Put the bag in front of the bodies when the train is full (it also prevents you from thief!).
Last but not least, don’t forget to be mindful of each other! MRT Jakarta is trying to an inclusive public transportation mode that can serve people of various needs. Don’t sit on the priority seats unless you’re a senior citizen or a pregnant woman. If you need information, there are officers positioned at the stations and inside the train to help you. We hope you have a wonderful journey with MRT Jakarta!