President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Minangkabau International Airport train called Minangkabau Express at the airport station in Padang, West Sumatra, on Monday.
"Means of mass transportation, such as the airport train, will continue to be increased to overcome traffic congestion in urban areas," the president remarked.
The Minangkabau Express is the third in Indonesia after the Kualanamu airport train in North Sumatra and Soekarno-Hatta airport train in Jakarta. In addition, the Solo airport train in Central Java and the Light Rail Transit to support the Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra, are being built.
"The airport train, MRT, LRT, and busway are among the examples of mass transportation that will continue to be developed," Jokowi emphasized.
The mode of transportation can became one of the alternatives for people in the capital of West Sumatra Province, Padang, to reach the airport in a relatively short period of time. The Minangkabau Express train serves passengers en route the Simpang Haru Station-Minangkabau International Airport, with a travel time of 40 minutes. On the way, the train stops at Tabing Station and Duku Station. The train of four carriages, with a total capacity of 393 passengers, serves 10 trips daily. ( antara )