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Lets see the Past …..

After decades of service, the commuter train in Jakarta has finally retired.

The old train, which was first introduced in 1925 and has been a vital mode of transportation for Jakartans for many many years and been so years back around 1970-s confined to retirement. Comming after the government announced and modernized Jakarta’s transportation system and replaced the aging train with a new and more efficient transportation system.

The new transportation system will include a modern electric train, which is expected to be faster, more reliable and more environmentally friendly than the old commuter train. The new electric train is also expected to alleviate traffic congestion in Jakarta, which has been a major problem for many years.

While the retirement of the old commuter trains may also bring a sense of nostalgia to some, it is ultimately a step towards progress and a more sustainable future for Jakarta’s transportation system. Additionally, the retirement of the old commuter train will also create new job opportunities in Jakarta’s transportation industry as more workers will be needed to operate and maintain the new electric train system. That’s positive sentimental of Trains retirements in the past.

However what happen if there will be another trains retirements as it announced in news that PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) is planning to retire 10 trains on the KAI Commuter line in Jakarta in 2023. The agency is also planning to retire an additional 19 train cars by the end of 2024. Existing rail cars are nearly two decades old and are unable to accommodate the increase in passenger demand in recent years. Whereas replaced trains that to be imported from Japan have not been in place.

The simple looks could be seen like  what a heavy congestion can be observed during Social distancing enforcements situation during Covid.

Greater Jakarta is inhibited by 30 million of people whom commute everyday to Jakarta . Its so important for cities to update their transportation systems to keep up with the demands of a growing population, however one impact of frequency reduction of commuter trains, causing disruption to passengers who still need to travel for work or other essential reasons. This reduction in service has led to overcrowding on trains and longer wait times at stations. During Covid to ensure social distancing and to avoid increasing the risk of infection are understandable. However, if overcrowded of passengers are due to shortage numbers of trains will be horrible.

The possible impact other than heavy disruptions could be…. those who can afford driving or ridding to works from neighboring BoDeTaBek cities will go back again to their inappropriately old habits of commuting to Jakarta by their own vehicles. Then we can predict how heavy Jakarta gonna be….

It is paramont for authorities to find ways to balance the need for reduced service with the need to provide safe and reliable transportation as well as  the needs of retiring old trains. Unless Transportation will face serious hiccups..

Or shall we go back to advanced wired life of working from home again 😊 ??? why Not 😊😊😊

Salam Sehat Semangat Sukses amiin

Bambang Purnomo , SS-BA, CSCA, CAVM Solution Consultant

By Bams – March 14, 2023

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