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Government, KCIC Mull Building Whoosh HSR Station Within Bandung

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The Whoosh high speed train in Halim Station in Jakarta on Friday (10/11/2023). (Photo: Antara/Hreeloita Dharma Shanti) Chief of the Indonesian Presidential Staff Office, Moeldoko, discussed with the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway operator, PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) and related institutions to construct a station in Kopo, a district within the city of Bandung, West Java. In a press statement released on Wednesday (29/11/2023), he said that the railway, branded as Whoosh, is supposed to stop in Bandung. Currently, the train departs from Halim Station in Jakarta, and only reaches Tegalluar Station in Bandung Regency, West Java, outside of Bandung city center.

"Please consider this option. Because actually, the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway should end in Bandung," he said during a meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday, as reported by Antara.


Moeldoko said that efforts to improve connectivity for Whoosh need to be realized to ensure passenger comfort, besides seat availability on feeder trains. Besides Moeldoko and KCIC, the meeting was also attended by representatives from state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, and the Ministry of Transportation.


"For the passengers' comfort, the train should not only stop at Padalarang and Tegalluar stations," he emphasized.


His party will continue to coordinate with the relevant ministries and institutions to review the possibility of adding more high-speed train stations.


"The development must also consider the positive impact on society. We must conduct a study about this," he added.


Meanwhile, the president director of KCIC, Dwiyana Slamet Riyadi, confirmed that the proposal to develop a high-speed train station in the Kopo area is under consideration. However, the plan cannot be implemented immediately due to limited funding and land use permits in the area, he informed.


"There are around 30 hectares of land in Kopo and it is possible for Whoosh station. But we do not have the funds yet," Riyadi said.


Meanwhile, the acting deputy secretary for investment and mining coordination at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Rifky Setiawan, said that further study is needed on the plan for building Kopo Station. Currently, funding is focused on the operation of four running stations, namely Halim, Karawang, Padalarang, and Tegalluar.


"If another station is needed, we will focus on the funding side," he added.


At these four stations, KCIC is coordinating with several parties to provide intermodal integration for rail passengers. Halim Station has been linked with Jabodebek LRT, buses from state-owned company DAMRI to Soekarno Hatta Airport, TransJakarta bus rapid transit, and conventional taxi services.


As for Padalarang Station, there are feeder trains for passengers headed to Cimahi Station and Bandung Station. There is also a connection with Bandung Raya Commuter Line and Garut Commuter Line trains, which can be accessed directly by Whoosh passengers at the station. Meanwhile, at Tegalluar Station, passenger access has been eased through the opening of the kilometer 149 exit toll, the New Cibiru Bridge, and the DAMRI bus service. (Antara)

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