Jakarta Kota railway station
North entrance to the station (2007)
|Location||Jalan Stasiun Kota No. 1, Pinangsia, Taman Sari, West Jakarta
|Owned by||PT Kereta Api|
|Operated by||PT Kereta Api
KA Commuter Jabodetabek
|Line(s)|| Red Line
|Platforms||6 bay platforms|
|Opened||1887 (old building); 1929 (current building)|
|Rebuilt||1926 - 1929|
The station was named Batavia Zuid (or South Batavia) until the beginning of the 20th century. The station was also popularly known as the Beos Station as an abbreviation of Bataviasche Ooster Spoorweg Maatschapij (the Batavian Eastern Railway Company).
Jakarta Kota Station serves as a main station, along with Gambir Station, Jatinegara Station, and Pasar Senen Station, for several intercity train (Argo Train) lines across Java Island. This station also serves three of the six KRL Jabotabek train lines, which operate in the Jakarta metropolitan area.
The first station was built in 1887 by the Bataviasche Oosterspoorweg Maatschapij (BOS), a private railway company. The station was named Batavia Zuid (South Batavia) to distinguish it from the older Batavia Noord (North Batavia) station (owned by the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij, another private railway company), which was situated a small distance to the north, directly behind the former city hall. The public railway company Staatsspoorwegen acquired both the southern and northern station in 1898 and 1913 respectively.
The southern BOS station was closed in 1923, and was rebuilt between 1926 and 1929, during which all rail services were temporarily taken over by the Batavia North station. The station building was designed in 1927-1928 by the architects Asselbergs, Ghijsels and Hes from the architectural company Algemeen Ingenieurs-en Architectenbureau (AIA) in Batavia. During construction in 1928-1929 concrete from the Hollandsche Beton Maatschappij ("Dutch Concrete Company") was used. The main building was the designed with 12 railway tracks, designated to connect Batavia with Buitenzorg, the port of Tandjoeng Priok, and the port of Merak near the Sunda Strait with a ferry connecting Western Java with Southern Sumatra. The new and current building was officially opened on 8 October 1929 with a private ceremony by the company staff. All rail services to the old city were then reassigned to the new southern station, while the remaining northern station was demolished.
The new station was nicknamed BEOS after the previous station owners, the BOS. Officially named station Batavia Stad ("Batavia City station"), it is located at the Stationsplein ("Station square") in Batavia Benedenstad ("Downtown Batavia"), nowadays Jalan Stasiun Kota Barat. The station was appointed a historical and cultural landmark status in 1993.
Jakarta Kota Station is a two-storey station surrounded by streets on three sides with one main entrance and two side entrances. The main entrance and hall are characterized by a barrel vault roof with openings horizontally composed with the top dominated by vertical units (lunettes).
The inside wall of the hall is finished with rough-textured brown ceramic and the outside wall at the bottom of the whole building was covered with green-yellowish plaster. The station floor uses yellow teak and grey wood, and for the platform floor yellow waffle teakwood is used. Jakarta Kota station has six platforms serving 12 tracks. The platforms are sheltered by canopies supported by steel columns.
Both regional intercity trains and local commuter trains start from this station: Nowadays most intercity trains (Except Local Trains) are moved to Pasar Senen and Gambir
- Argo Jati to Cirebon (only 2 trips, the rest departs from Gambir)
- Argo Parahyangan to Bandung (only 2 trips, the rest departs from Gambir)
- Gaya Baru Malam Selatan to Surabaya Gubeng
- Gumarang to Surabaya Pasar Turi
- Patas Purwakarta to Purwakarta
- Serayu to Kroya via Kiaracondong
- Tegal Arum to Tegal
KRL Jabodetabek (Commuter Line)
Media related to Jakarta Kota Station at Wikimedia Commons
|Preceding station||Connections||Following station|
|Terminus||Jakarta Kota-Manggarai railway||Jayakarta|
|Terminus||Jakarta Kota-Jatinegara railway||Kampung Bandan|
|Kampung Bandan||Tanjung Priok-Jakarta Kota railway||Terminus|