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Gov’t Invites Public to Trial Latest Commuter Train LRT

The Jakarta Globe
July 10, 2023 | 11:30 am
Light Rail Transit trains are seen at Jatimulya Railway Depot in Bekasi, West Java, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (Joanito De Saojoao)
Light Rail Transit trains are seen at Jatimulya Railway Depot in Bekasi, West Java, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (Joanito De Saojoao)

Jakarta. The government will conduct a trial run of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) commuter train in Greater Jakarta starting from Wednesday, with a limited number of passengers.

An open invitation has been posted on LRT Jabodebek's social media accounts, inviting public participation during the four-day trial period.

LRT Jabodebek, which stands for Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi, is scheduled to be inaugurated on August 18, a day after Independence Day celebrations, coinciding with the launch of the highly anticipated Jakarta-Bandung fast train.


To participate in the trial, passengers are required to register using a Google form and pay a symbolic fare of Rp 1 using an authorized digital payment app.

The construction of the LRT, which will connect Jakarta with its three satellite cities, took approximately six years. The Joko Widodo government previously built a similar train system in the South Sumatra capital of Palembang and North Jakarta just before the 2018 Asian Games.

The automated, driverless train system in Greater Jakarta has a capacity to carry up to 2,000 passengers per trip and operates from 5:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Once it enters commercial operation, the government expects LRT Jabodebek to transport around 500,000 passengers per day.

In addition to the LRT, Jakarta also has an old-system commuter railway and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which was launched in 2019 and is being expanded to the northern part of the capital city.

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