LRT Jabodebek to launch in December 2022: PT KAI

State-owned rail company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) has announced that the highly-anticipated Greater Jakarta Area Light Rail Transit system (LRT Jabodebek) will commence its commercial operation in December of this year or early 2023. Photo: PT KAI
State-owned rail company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) has announced that the highly-anticipated Greater Jakarta Area Light Rail Transit system (LRT Jabodebek) will commence its commercial operation in December of this year or early 2023. Photo: PT KAI

State-owned rail company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) has announced that the highly-anticipated Greater Jakarta Area Light Rail Transit system (LRT Jabodebek) will commence its commercial operation in December of this year or early 2023.

The LRT system — which connects Jakarta with its satellite cities Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi — was previously slated for launch on Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17.

Harno Trimadi, the Director General of Railway Infrastructure at the Transportation Ministry’s Directorate General of Railway, said at a webinar yesterday that the physical construction of the LRT Jabodebek has reached 97 percent completion, while the progress of the network system is at around 86 percent.

According to Harno, the integration process for the three components that make up LRT Jabodebek, namely the track, facilities, and network system, is yet to reach 30 percent; while the current average station construction progress is at 70 to 80 percent.

PT KAI President Director Didiek Hartantyo added that the overall progress of the LRT Jabodebek project currently stands at 81.75 percent, with the focus now on testing and commissioning stages.

“If the public sees LRT [trains] running [in the meantime], it means that we are conducting testing and commissioning,” Didiek said.

LRT Jabodebek trains will be driverless. However, PT KAI is set to conduct trials with train operators in August, before moving on to fully automated but passengerless trials in October. 

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.

The highest fare for a single LRT Jabodebek trip (from Dukuh Atas to Harjamukti) will likely cost IDR15K (US$1.03).

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