Indonesian leader opens ASEAN’s first bullet train line

Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Opening of high-speed trains or bullet trains Jakarta-Bandung Line officially today which is the first high-speed train in Southeast Asia

President Widodo Said at the opening ceremony of the train service at the central station in Jakarta that The high-speed rail line is an efficient, friendly and integrated mass transit system. It symbolizes Indonesia's modernization in public transportation that is seamlessly connected to other transportation systems. President Widodo said the high-speed train, which can carry 600 passengers, is the first high-speed train in the region. The name of the train, WHOOSH, is an abbreviation of the Indonesian motto Waktu Hemat, Operasi Optimal, Sistem. Handal) means saving time, operating optimally, the system is reliable.

The train cuts the travel time between Jakarta and Bandung, a distance of 140 kilometers, to just 45 minutes from the previous three hours, as it travels at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour. It is part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), built by PT KCIC, a joint venture between four Indonesian state enterprises and China Railway Company. China International was originally set to be completed by 2019, but was delayed several times due to construction problems and the COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: Thai News Agency