PT Kereta Api Opens Madiun-Merak Route17 July 2013
PT. Kereta Api Indonesia will open a new train service for Madiun-Merak route, from 24 July 2013.
“Its name is KA Krakatau (Express), our plan the train will departed from Madiun in the morning, early morning entry to Merak. Also depart from Merak at 5 am, get in Madiun at 9 (in the night), “said VP of Public Relations of PT Kereta Api Indonesia, Sugeng Priyono, Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
According to him, only this time PT. Kereta Api opened train service direct route across the Madiun towards Merak, usually from the direction of the train from Java should change the trains if you want to towards Merak. “There was no direct,” Sugeng said. “This new route, new railway, the trainset is also new.”
Sugeng said it expects direct access from East Java and Central Java to Merak that could be an alternative citizen. “And we know this, though through the toll highway to Merak, so ‘crowded’, we cannot determine how many hours until the Merak because very volatile weather dependent and density of vehicles in and out of the Merak,” he said.
Madiun-Merak route will be served by the 2 trainsets. Each train sequence exciting 8 passenger carriages. Sugeng said, a day serving that route, Krakatau express train can carry up to 1,216 passengers. “This is a special train passenger,” he said.
About the tariffs, Sugeng said it is still being discussed with the Ministry of Transportation, primarily related to whether the passenger train to ration subsidized PSO (Public Service Obligation) or not. If the calculated rates without subsidiesis 185,000 IDR per passenger. “If commercial, we charge a set. If the economy trainrate is determined by the government, “he said.
Sugeng said the new train is accidentally opened a week prior to the Lebaran Transportation. PT Kereta Api, new rail projects as additional trains to help anticipate the surge in the moment of Lebaran transportation.
Source : Tempo.co