For rail this time: LRT Jabodebek is launching in July 2023, and we all get to ride for free for a month

An LRT train in Jakarta for illustration. Photo: PT KAI
An LRT train in Jakarta for illustration. Photo: PT KAI

They missed Independence Day 2022, they missed December 2022, but it now seems almost certain that LRT Jabodebek will begin transporting passengers in July 2023.

State-owned Enterprises (BUMN) Deputy Minister Kartika Wirjoatmodjo revealed that LRT Jabodebek — which connects Jakarta with its satellite cities Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi – will be officially inaugurated on Aug. 18, 2023 – one day after Indonesia’s 78th Independence Day.

But the light rail transit system will be up and running a month before that.

“We will begin operating in July, and it will be free [to ride]. This is just to test it out, before we officially launch it,” Kartika said yesterday.

LRT Jabodebek operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) recently said that fares would be determined by distance traveled, with an end-to-end journey on the line likely to cost IDR24K (US$1.64). On average, a single trip on the LRT Jabodebek would cost IDR15K (US$1.02).

At launch, LRT Jabodebek will serve 18 stations, namely Dukuh Atas, Setiabudi, Rasuna Said, Kuningan, Pancoran, Cikoko, Ciliwung, Cawang, TMII, Kampung Rambutan, Ciracas, Harjamukti, Halim, Jatibening Baru, Cikunir I, Cikunir II, Bekasi Barat, and Jatimulya.

LRT Jabodebek is not to be confused with LRT Jakarta, the latter of which primarily serves East Jakarta and is detached from Jakarta’s wider railway network.

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