In October, 8 Sets of KCJB Trains are Prepared for the Initial Phase

The First Trial Runs Successfully, Now KCJB Enters Speed Testing at 180 Km/h (photo: DERY RIDWANSAH - Jawapos)

The Indonesian government is gearing up to inaugurate the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train (KCJB) on October 1, 2023. This momentous development is expected to be rolled out in phases, commencing with eight train journeys in the month of October.

Looking ahead, the operational frequency is set to intensify as November approaches, with a total of 28 train journeys planned for that month. By the time December arrives, commuters can expect an even more robust schedule with 40 train journeys on the agenda. The ambitious timeline reaches its zenith in January 2024, when the train service is slated to provide an impressive 68 journeys.

Director-General of Railways at the Ministry of Transportation, Mohamad Risal Wasaldi, expressed his commitment to ensuring the successful launch of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train or KCJB. He and Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, recently conducted a trial run, meticulously inspecting the readiness of the Halim High-Speed Train Station.

Subsequently, they embarked on a high-speed train journey from Halim Station to Padalarang Station, during which the train operated seamlessly, covering the distance in approximately 30 minutes while reaching an impressive top speed of 352 km/h.

In addition to evaluating the high-speed train, Budi Karya Sumadi and Risal Wasaldi also tested the feeder service that connects Padalarang Station to Bandung Station. This feeder route proved to be highly efficient, as the journey from Padalarang Station to Bandung Station was completed in just 20 minutes. Consequently, the travel time from Jakarta to the heart of Bandung now stands at an impressive 50 minutes.

To ensure the smooth functioning of the feeder train service, various construction projects are currently in progress. Among these developments are the construction of Skybridges at Padalarang, Cimahi, and Bandung Stations, as well as the creation of the Ciroyom and Pusdikpom Flyovers. These initiatives are all on track to reach completion by the end of 2023.

Budi Karya Sumadi emphasized the collaborative efforts with KCIC (Kereta Cepat Indonesia China) in refining the high-speed train system through a comprehensive series of trials. The goal is to ensure that these trials run seamlessly, yielding positive results that will pave the way for the public to utilize the high-speed train service by October 2023.

Furthermore, in addition to the KCJB high-speed train and feeder service, several other transportation options are being made available to travelers connecting to and from Padalarang Station. These include the Trans Metro Pasundan BTS Route Alun-Alun KBP, Damri Bus Routes Alun-Alun Bandung – Situ Ciburuy (Via Cimahi), and the proposed Route St. Padalarang – Lembang by KBB, along with urban transportation (angkot) Routes Padalarang – Rajamandala, Routes Padalarang – Cimahi – Leuwipanjang, and Routes Padalarang – Cimahi.

This monumental project is set to transform the landscape of transportation in Indonesia, significantly reducing travel times and providing enhanced connectivity for commuters traveling between Jakarta and Bandung.