JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has opened a long-awaited metro in the country's capital, aimed at spelling off crippling traffic lanes with comfortable transportation facilities.
Jakarta's first subway is the latest of many infrastructure improvements nationwide that it is hoped will help the giant but delayed nation catch up with its neighbors.
Widodo inaugurated the first phase of a 16-kilometer subway line running south from downtown Jakarta on Sunday, while presiding a groundbreaking ceremony for an 8-kilometer long northbound line item expected to be completed by 2024.
The Project at $ 2.6 billion is funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Congestion has been relentlessly exacerbated in the last decade as car ownership rose, more and more cars squeezed on Jakarta unchanged road network.