New Transit-Oriented Development Masterplan in Response to the MRT Development

Jakarta MRT development is a holistic plan to rejuvenate the city along with solving severe transportation problem that is happing in the capital. The first mass rapid transit will change the urban fabric along the affected route, and the government is trying its best to maximize the effort in order to revitalize some of the districts. One of the opportunities is for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), together with PDW Architects of Indonesia, to develop a master plan to elevate the city’s investment plan along with the new transportation system. The Jakarta Transit-Oriented Development Master Plan will initiate several degrees of improvement in the public realm, including establishing the new vision for the hub, principles, and framework for the mixed-use development of the affected area. The collaboration between SOM and PDW will tackle various plans for seven-station areas along the 23-kilometers long North-South MRT line that connects Kampung Bandan in the North to Lebak Bulus in the South.

One of the prominent MRT station, Dukuh Atas, which is located in Central Jakarta is an integral components to the new MRT line and system since it will serve as the new transportation hub that connects at least five different modes of transportation system such as mass rapid transit (MRT), light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), local commuter rail and Soekarno-Hatta Airport Railink.

Currently, the opportunity of the area is being overshadowed by the lack of connectivity between transportation mode’s stations, including the substandard pedestrian infrastructure and the difficulty to navigate around due to the separation of Sudirman Road with Ciliwung River.

Therefore, SOM, together with PDW Architects, are responding to the challenges by creating a holistic urban network strategy and comprehensive design in order to enhance connectivity and access to different modes of transport. The plan will include new sidewalks and pedestrian infrastructures, bridges, open green spaces, and amenities development for a greater pedestrian experience. In short, the plan aims to relive Dukuh Atas and transform it into a new sustainable, and economically driven transit-oriented neighborhood.


“ MRT Jakarta Transit-Oriented Development Master Plan.” SOM. Accessed December 8, 2019.

1 Comment on “New Transit-Oriented Development Masterplan in Response to the MRT Development

  1. Very clear brief narrative of the Transit-Oriented master plan and what advantages it may bring to the city. Dukuh Atas is taken as an example as a mass transit teminal that would be development to an integrated body.
    Transit-Oriented strategy is quite a unique start point for master plan of a city. The traffic goes first and the connectivity is enhanced by the interated design of surrounding district. It would be interesting comparing the traditional master plan strategy and Tansit-Oriented strategy. Different city contexts result in various methods which may also bring different advantages for the city.

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