From Jakarta to Surabaya in three hours

After construction of the Trans-Java railroad along the northern coastal highway (Pantura) is complete in 2014, Indonesia will begin building bullet trains—much like the Shinkansen in Japan—connecting the business centres of Jakarta and Surabaya by a three-hour trip, a senior official has said.

“A bullet-train network will create a belt that will boost economic growth in cities along the network, as in Japan,” Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Susantono said.

The total cost of constructing the train, called Argo Cahaya, was projected to reach 2,100 billion yen (US$25.79 billion) including taxes, land acquisition and consultancy services, he said.

As the project is so costly, he said, the government would be working with the private sector.

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