Jakarta's airport rail link opens

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INDONESIA: Railway operator PT Railink has officially launched the new service between Jakarta and the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on 26th of December 2016.

The 34km rail line transports passengers from Jakarta to the airport in 55 minutes. According to the local press, the same journey by road would take two to three hours or more.

Once fully operational the line will have a total of five stops and stretch 37km, most of which will be on existing tracks already in use by greater Jakarta's commuter lines.

The Soekarno-Hatta station is linked to the airport's three terminals with the recently launched Skytrain, an automated people mover service.

Meanwhile, work is underway to connect some of the stations in Jakarta with other public transportation -- including the existing commuter lines and TransJakarta bus system, as well as the metro and light-rail transit networks that are currently under construction.

It is Indonesia's second airport railway, with the first connecting Kualanamu Airport in North Sumatra with Medan, the provincial capital, that began operation in 2013.

Both projects are owned by Railink, a joint venture between state-owned railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia and airport operator Angkasa Pura II. According to Nikkey Asian Review, Railink is mulling a third railway project that would connect Yogyakarta Province, a tourism hub on Java island, with a planned new airport.

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