South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany visited Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno at the latter’s office on Monday to discuss a possible cooperation between the two neighboring cities.
Sandiaga said at the meeting they discussed several infrastructure developments that directly connect the capital with its neighbor, such as the extension of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) service and the construction of Ciater Artificial lake in Serpong, South Tangerang, which used donation funds from the Jakarta administration.
“We hope we can finish the MRT feasibility study so we can start the project in 2019,” Sandiaga said as reported by beritajakarta.id.
The MRT service to the city in the southern part of Banten province is expected to reduce traffic congestion in Jakarta, given the large number of cars that travel from South Tangerang to the capital on a daily basis.
State-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga recorded that over 65,000 cars traveled from South Tangerang to Jakarta daily.
Airin said she hoped the plan to extend the MRT service from Lebak Bulus station in South Jakarta could be extended to the Ciputat area, where there was a lot of clustered housing.
“Hopefully we can immediately carry out the plan to have another mass public transportation system connecting South Tangerang and Jakarta,” she said.
Currently, a commuter train service connects the two cities.