Jakarta has abandoned its unhappy monorail dreams and now plans to reinforce the unsightly monorail pillars already constructed for use as elevated stretches of the city’s Bus Rapid Transit system.
The elevated BRT stretches would be integrated into the larger Transjakarta BRT.
The first US$484m 14.3km monorail line in southern Jakarta was supposed to have a capacity of 120000 passengers daily. But the project was halted due to legal and financial problems.
Rubbing salt in, PT Jakarta Monorail asked for Rp600bn (US$68.4 million) in compensation for the halted project, but the city said it would only pay Rp204bn tops.
Jakarta will now focus on Transjakarta, the first BRT system in Southeast Asia. It now has 172km in system length over 11 corridors, with more four more corridors planned. In 2011, Transjakarta recorded a 32 per cent increase in passengers to 310000 per day. A lot more cost-effective than a RM50bn MRT system, eh?