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The Palembang LRT is Indonesia’s first intra-city light rail transit system connecting Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport and Jakabaring Sports City via the city centre. The line was completed just in time for the 2018 Asian Games, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, and is now a main mode of public transport for the people of Palembang.
The Palembang LRT also provides a new option to get across the Musi River other than by the Ampera Bridge for vehicles, alleviating traffic jams on the major link of Palembang.
The route map of the Palembang LRT.
Palembang LRT platforms are accessible by elevator.
Boarding the Palembang LRT train.
The interior of the middle car of the Palembang LRT.
A luggage rack is mounted on top of an equipment box to maximise space.
The gangway between each LRT train car.
Quite a healthy passenger load from the starting station.
About two minutes before departure, the track is set and the line is clear.
The doors closing announcement is the same one used on board KCJ trains.
The door to the driving cab, with a glass panel to have a nice view up front.
Departing from DJKA station.
Crossing over to the opposite track.
The Palembang LRT follows the existing Indonesian railway direction of travel, where trains travel on the right of a double track, just like in the Netherlands.
Making a brief stop at Jakabaring.
Passing by Lippo Mall Jakabaring, at the main junction to Jakabaring Sports City.
Passing by the Parameswara Monument in front of Jakabaring Sports City.
The typical scenery of Palembang on the eastern side of the Musi River.
Passing over the Kertapati intersection. The road here leads towards Kertapati Railway Station and Indralaya, and onwards to Lampung and Bakauheni.
Musi II Bridge in the distance.
Crossing over the Musi River on the new LRT viaduct built beside the existing Ampera Bridge.
Crossing the Musi River on the Palembang LRT.
Locals taking in the sights of this new river crossing.
Making a brief stop at Ampera.
Passing by the Great Mosque of Palembang or Masjid Agung Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I.
The information screens flash the next station’s name, as well as the destination of the train.
The LED signs above each door also replicate the information.
Alighting from the Palembang LRT at Cinde.
The Palembang LRT departs Cinde after making a brief stop of 1 minute, to continue onwards to Bandara.
Heading down to the concourse via the staircase.
The concourse of Cinde LRT Station. This area is treated as the waiting room for departing passengers.
Heading out of the fare gates, with staff at hand to assist passengers who are not familiar with the fare gate yet.
Tapping my BNI Tapcash Transjakarta OK-Otrip card on the fare gate. I was charged Rp.10,000 for the single journey from Bandara to Cinde, since I came from the airport did not tap out at DJKA. For journeys to or from the airport, a flat fare of Rp.10,000 applies, and for journeys between any other stations other than the airport, a flat fare of Rp.5,000 applies.
Cinde LRT Station is located by the main Cinde Junction and Pasar Cinde.
An escalator serving the up direction and staircase is available at Cinde, with the elevator still in the midst of installation.
Pasar Cinde Trans Musi Halt is just outside the station exit, in the westbound direction of Ampera and OPI.
Cinde LRT Station as seen from Cinde Junction.
Overall, the Palembang LRT is a convenient way to get around Palembang, though the current frequencies could be better once all train sets have arrived and the operating speed is increased to its original design speed. Nevertheless, it’s now a lot more convenient and comfortable to travel around Palembang easily.
This article first appeared on railtravelstation.com
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