TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta, or Ratangga, estimated a financial loss of Rp507 million caused by Sunday's power outage in Java. A company official said the blackout made the trains unable to operate and transport more than 50,000 passengers.
PT MRT corporate secretary Muhamad Kamaludin said that on Monday the number of passengers also dropped by 16.43 percent. "It is likely that people were afraid of another outage," he said on Tuesday, August 6.
The company is now reviewing its standard operating procedures for emergency evacuation to anticipate similar situations.
On Sunday, Ratangga trains were unable to operate from noon until 20:00 as they received no power supply. The company had to rely on back-up generators to light up stations and tunnels for safety and evacuation.
When the power went out, seven train lines were running—three in underground tunnels. One train line, Ratangga 0807, was down underground, 850 meters away from the nearest station.
Kamaluddin said that all 3,410 passengers who were inside the trains were evacuated safely.