LRT Jabodebek gets Independence Day launch date as prep nears completion

An LRT Jabodebek train. Photo: PT KAI
An LRT Jabodebek train. Photo: PT KAI

The much-derailed and highly-anticipated LRT Jabodebek connecting Jakarta and satellite cities Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi is set for launch in August 2022.

As announced yesterday in a press release by PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI), preparations for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system are nearly 80 percent complete as of January, with test commissioning to be carried out until May and a trial run to commence from July to August. LRT Jabodebek is scheduled for inauguration on Aug. 17, AKA Indonesia’s Independence Day.

PT KAI broke down some operational details for LRT Jabodebek after its launch:

  • Trains will operate daily from 5:45am to 11pm
  • 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 will operate 27 trains — consisting of six carriages each — for 560 trips per day
  • Each train is able to hold 174 seated passengers and 566 seated passengers. If required, a train can squeeze in up to 1,308 passengers during rush hour
  • LRT Jabodebek is expected to be able to transport 114,000 passengers each day
  • The headway between trains is expected to be between 3 to 6 minutes
  • The trains are fully automated and operations are supervised from a central control room
  • Cawang Station will serve as the central interchange hub between the two LRT Jabodebek train lines
Photo: PT KAI

Previously, PT KAI CEO Didiek Hartantyo said the highest fare for a single LRT Jabodebek trip (from Dukuh Atas to Harjamukti) will be IDR15K (US$1.04), up from IDR12K as previously planned. This is due to multiple delays in LRT Jabodebek’s construction — caused by land acquisition issues and COVID-19 — ballooning costs.

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