A map of the planned routes for Jakarta’s LRT. Photo: PT Adhi Karya

Jakarta, Indonesia January 11 2017 – Indonesia’s first LRT system will be ready to open by March 2019.

The project, when completed, sees an LRT track within Jakarta and one outside Jakarta that connects the satellite cities around Jakarta. State-owned construction company PT Adhi Karya Tbk is looking to raise $525 million before the year end to carry it through the construction process. The total cost of the first phase of the project is projected to be $900 million.

“The technical progress has reached 12 per cent, and we hope the infrastructure for the LRT will be finished in the middle of next year. We need eight more months to finish installing rolling stock and the system.” Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in a statement on Monday.

There are three routes in total, the 14.5 kilometre long Cibubur-Cawang route, which is 17 per cent complete, the 17.1 kilometre long East Bekasi-Cawang route, which is 12 per cent complete and the 10.5 kilometre long Cawang-Dukuh Atas route, which is 2 per cent complete.

Once completed, the LRT will ease congestion on the Commuter line which handles 850,000 passengers a day but it will also link up with TransJakarta, the airport railway and the Jakarta-Bandung medium speed train.