If everything is running well, Indonesia’s first bullet train will have a test run in 2019. With Rp200,000 (US$16) one-way ticket per person, your Jakarta-Bandung trip will take 36 minutes only! Cool, right?
Both Japan and China –which had their own historic tracks and experience in building high-speed train networks– have been competing to woo Jakarta for this mega project.
Japan is reiterating its intention to win over the Indonesian government in a bid to secure what will be the first high-speed railway project in the archipelago: by offering prices the Japanese claim to be lower than the Chinese are offering.
“We are very serious about wanting to participate in Indonesia’s infrastructure development, especially when it comes to the construction of high-speed trains,” Yoichi Miyazawa, Japan’s Minister for the Economy, Trade and Industry, told an Indonesian delegation ̶ lead by Indonesian Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel ̶ in Tokyo on Tuesday.
According to Miyazawa, the Japanese government is willing to offer a soft loan to cover 75 percent of the funding needed for the project, which will connect capital Jakarta with the country’s third-largest city, Bandung, West Java.
Source The Jakarta Globe