After more than 1 month of operation, the passenger flow of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia is strong and favored by the people——

Promoting Indonesia to enter the "high-speed rail era" (jointly building the "Belt and Road" - the first scene)

The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, with a total length of 142 kilometers, connects Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and the famous tourist city of Bandung, with a total length of <> kilometers, is the first high-speed railway between Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and is also the "golden signboard" of China-Indonesia cooperation in the "Belt and Road" cooperation and the flagship project of pragmatic cooperation between the two countries. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway provides Indonesian passengers with a safer, greener, more efficient and more comfortable way to travel, creating a warm and beautiful travel experience, and is favored by the people due to strong passenger demand.

According to the data, as of November 11, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway has sent a total of 17,1 passengers, with a single-day passenger occupancy rate of up to 38.3%, showing a strong growth trend in passenger flow. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway not only promotes Indonesia to enter the "high-speed rail era", but also carries the Indonesian people to a better future.

"Everyone is talking about the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway"

The bustling of passengers and the busy business of shops are the first feelings of the reporter at Halim Station, the starting point of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. The reporter noticed that compared with one month ago, the flow of people in the station has increased significantly. At the automatic ticket office and manual window in the station, many passengers are queuing up to buy tickets or consult. There are long queues in front of some shops, and business is overwhelming. A clerk at a well-known bakery chain in Indonesia told reporters that since the opening of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, the business in the store has been very hot, and it can receive five or six hundred customers every day.

Seeing the reporter's interview, a pair of middle-aged men and women who were waiting for the bus stepped forward with smiles on their faces. "I heard that you are a journalist from China, and we want to talk to you for a few words." A man named Risvanto told reporters that the couple rushed from Bogor, 60 kilometers from Jakarta, to Halim station early in the morning to experience the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. "The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway was built with the help of China, and China has brought advanced technology, which we are very grateful for." Risvanto said that the road from Jakarta to Bandung is very congested, and it used to take three and a half hours to travel from Jakarta to Bandung, and the fastest time to take the high-speed rail is just over 3 minutes, which has greatly improved the traffic between the two places.

It is reported that in the early days of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, 14 trains of the whole line will be operated every day. With the rapid growth of passenger flow, Indonesia's China High-Speed Railway Co., Ltd., which is responsible for operating the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, has increased its capacity supply. Since 11 November, the number of daily trains has increased to 1, doubling the number of passenger seats from more than 28,8000 to more than 1,6, and the number of trains has increased to 36 during the peak weekend period, further meeting the needs of passengers.

Olivia, who works for a fintech company that provides an electronic payment system for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, feels the popularity of the high-speed railway. "Due to the shortage of tickets, many people have not had the opportunity to ride, but everyone is talking about the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, and they are very proud and proud that Indonesia has the first high-speed railway in Southeast Asia. On social media, people have shared videos of the ride, showing people the fast, smooth, comfortable and clean experience of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. Olivia told reporters that the completion of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway has greatly facilitated people's travel, and hopes that this high-speed railway will further promote Indonesia's economic development and benefit more people.

At the security checkpoint at the station, 21-year-old staff member Beliana told reporters: "I submitted my resume early to apply for a job at the station, and now my dream has come true." My family and friends are proud that I can work in such a beautiful and tidy station. She told reporters that this was her first job and she cherished this job opportunity very much.

Walking to the platform, the smooth body lines and bright red and white paint of the high-speed rail train are eye-catching. The red polygonal pattern at the junction of the head of the train and the carriage shows the texture of the Komodo dragon, a national treasure of Indonesia; The seats in the carriage are embedded with auspicious cloud patterns, using the traditional batik style of Indonesian batik; The grey seat design is inspired by Borobudur, Indonesia's famous tourist landmark..."Made in China" trains complement Indonesia's local elements.

"The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway high-speed EMU is tailor-made for Indonesia, with distinctive local characteristics, adapting to the local operating environment of Indonesia, and has the characteristics of advanced technology, safety and intelligence, comfort and environmental protection." Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail EMU designer Zhang Fangtao said.

"An outstanding example of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and China"

Soon after the reporter got on the train, the high-speed rail train started slowly and gradually increased its speed. Outside the window, quiet villages and green farmland flashed by. Inside, the real-time speed is scrolled on an electronic screen, reaching a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour. The reporter put the mineral water bottle upside down on the windowsill, and the road was smooth.

"With the high-speed rail, Jakarta seems to be closer to Bandung!" Sofian Žigina, an Indonesian girl who lives in Bandung, told reporters that the high-speed rail train is fast and smooth, the carriages are clean and tidy, and the interior design is very in line with the preferences of Indonesians. "The high-speed rail has saved us a lot of time and energy, and we are proud that Indonesia has advanced and convenient high-speed rail," she said. ”

Since the official start of construction in June 2018 to the official opening of operation on October 6 this year, Chinese and Indonesian builders have worked together to tackle tough problems, and after nearly 10,17 days and nights, 2000 tunnels have been opened and 13 bridges have been erected. In the process of solving various problems, "Made in China" continues to demonstrate strong vitality. In view of the frequent earthquakes in Indonesia, EMUs are specially equipped with earthquake early warning systems; In order to cope with the impact of local high temperature, high humidity and high salt spray on the service life of EMUs, the technical team carried out two years of on-site outdoor tests, tested hundreds of car body materials and coating samples, and tailored anti-corrosion optimization schemes. In view of the complex terrain conditions along the line, more than 56 versions of train network control software and traction software have been upgraded, and the high acceleration function has been successfully developed.

Dviana Slame Rihadi, Managing Director of China High Speed Rail Co., Ltd. in Indonesia, said: "The builders of the two countries worked together to promote the construction of the project and overcame many difficulties and obstacles. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project is progressing smoothly and is an outstanding example of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and China. ”

The town of Dekarur in Bandung City, West Java, is surrounded by mountains and meanders through rivers. A wavy building, high and low, like mountains and greenery, echoing with the mountains, but also like a galloping train, blending into the surrounding mountains and rivers. This is the terminal station of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, Dekarur station.

Ananda, who was on a business trip from Surabaya to Jakarta, came to take the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. He told reporters: "It feels great to ride the high-speed rail! It is hoped that Indonesia's high-speed rail line will be further extended, so that our travel will be more convenient and the economy along the railway line will be further developed. ”

On the side of the exit, a salesperson of a taxi company is soliciting customers. A young man named Sata told reporters that he had previously done the same job at a hotel and had been offered very limited work. Not long ago, the company arranged for him to work at the station, and he was able to get more than 40 orders a day, and his performance increased several times. "I'm motivated every day now," Sata said. ”

"High-speed rail brings not only people, but also opportunities"

The Java Island, where the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is located, has a population of about 1 million, accounting for more than half of Indonesia's population, and is the most economically and culturally developed region in Indonesia. Former Governor of West Java Province, Ridwan Kamile, said: "High-speed rail brings not only people, but also opportunities. Planning the construction and development of new cities around transportation hubs will create a new economy and new jobs. Romi, a nearby villager who works at Dekarur station, agrees: "The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway has given us more hope in our lives. ”

According to incomplete statistics, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway has brought a total of 5,1 jobs to Indonesia so far, and it is expected that 3,75 jobs will be created after the passenger service, equipment maintenance and related supporting industry extension services are put into operation. At the same time, more than <>% of the services and procurement of the project are in Indonesia, which has a significant role in stimulating the local supply chain and labor employment, especially for Indonesia, which has trained thousands of qualified technical personnel, laying the foundation for the long-term stable operation of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway.

During the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, more than 4,5 Indonesian employees have been trained through the establishment of training institutions, "master and apprentice" for Chinese employees, and on-site training. "When I heard that Indonesia was going to build the first high-speed railway, I went to the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project department to look for employment opportunities." Zhan Zhenhao, an Indonesian employee, said that he started with the safety management of the No. 1 beam yard of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, and has now become the deputy director of the project safety and environmental protection department. "Thanks to the technology and experience transferred by the Chinese team, the first batch of high-speed rail technicians for Indonesia have been trained."

In the small town of Jasmine Fen, located in East Java province, lies the Indonesian Railway Polytechnic Institute, which is under the Ministry of Transport. In February this year, the first batch of training courses for operation and maintenance personnel of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway was held here. A total of 2 Indonesian trainees received the training, which was taught by the Chinese operation and maintenance management team and China Railway professional colleges, focusing on the training of EMU drivers, EMU mechanics, operation control center dispatchers and emergency duty personnel.

Andy, who participated in the EMU mechanic training, said: "China has the world's largest high-speed rail network. China uses its advanced technology and knowledge to help Indonesia cultivate its own high-speed rail technical talents, and looks forward to further deepening cooperation between the two countries. After graduating from the Indonesian Railway Polytechnic Institute, Lusfian transferred to the training course to learn scheduling management, she told reporters: "During the training, I received my first salary in my life, which is much higher than the local average of Jasmine Fin. The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway has not only boosted Indonesia's economic development, but also improved our lives. ”

"The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is jointly built by the Chinese and Indonesian people." Zhang Chao, executive director of Indonesia China High-Speed Railway Co., Ltd., said that in the process of cooperation, the Chinese and Indonesian teams have exchanged and integrated with each other, promoted people-to-people ties and mutual understanding, and helped consolidate the foundation of long-term friendly cooperation between China and Indonesia. Indonesia's Minister of Transport, Budi Kariya Sumadi, said that the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway provides Indonesia with an opportunity to make a technological leap and can also promote the development of Indonesia's local supporting industrial chain. In addition to high-speed rail, Indonesia looks forward to further strengthening cooperation with China in aircraft manufacturing, shipping and other fields.

(Jakarta News)

Reporter Zhang Niansheng, Liu Hui, Zhang Jinruo, Li Peisong

(People's Daily)