PADECO was contracted to undertake consulting services for the operation and maintenance of the PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (MRTJ) system in April 2016. The project was the first urban express railway (MRT) maintenance project in Indonesia, and PADECO was engaged to prepare for its opening. On March 24, 2019, the opening ceremony for Phase 1 of the North-South Line was held including Joko Widodo (the Indonesian President), Masafumi Ishii (the Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia), Yasuhiro Shinohara (the Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan), and Akihiko Tanaka (the President of JICA).
The North-South Line was planned to connect the northern Kota district through the Blok M area in the center of Jakarta, to the Lebak Bulus suburban district (a total length of 23.8 km), and it is expected to help alleviate chronic traffic congestion in the metropolitan area. The operation started with Phase 1, between Bundaran HI and Lebak Bulus (5.9 km underground and 9.8 km elevated), with 13 stations, and a line-haul time of one hour and 30 minutes. This project is the first case of construction and operation of the Japan’s high-quality railway infrastructure system overseas, including operation and maintenance.
These operation and maintenance consulting services were implemented by a joint venture of four companies (including PADECO), with Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co., Ltd. (JIC) serving as the joint venture manager. PADECO was responsible for establishing the railway operation and maintenance system, IT implementation, and cost planning. The company was also engaged in supervision of the construction of the MRT.