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Jakarta launches US$266 million airport train to beat gridlock – and tickets are half the cost of a taxi

Jakarta launched the first train connecting its international airport to the city centre Tuesday as the sprawling Indonesian capital moves to tackle the gridlock that can make the trip an hours-long headache.

The new system links Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on the outskirts of Jakarta to downtown in 55 minutes, cutting driving time by half or more.

Indonesia, the world’s biggest archipelago nation and Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, has been grappling with a lack of public transport for years, while Jakarta has seen an explosion in traffic jams that are among the worst in the world.


Source: SCMP