LRT Jabodebek Unveils Competitive Fare Rates Ahead of Commercial Operations

The Jabodebek LRT

The Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has officially established the fare rates for the LRT Jabodebek (Light Rail Transit) system, signaling its impending full-fledged commercial operation scheduled for August 2023.

The tariff particulars are enshrined within the Minister of Transportation Decree No. 67/2023, a document that meticulously outlines the Integrated Light Rail Transit Tariff for Passenger Transportation in the Jabodebek Region, thereby fulfilling vital public service obligations.

According to the provisions articulated in this momentous decree, the designated fare for utilizing the Jabodebek LRT commences at Rp5,000 for the first kilometer of travel, with subsequent increments of Rp700 for every kilometer thereafter traversed by the commuters.

Kuswardoyo, the adroit and well-versed Public Relations Manager of KAI (Indonesian Railways) Division for the Jabodebek LRT, in his erudite elucidation, offered an insightful glimpse into the intricate calculus behind the fare calculation.

Drawing on a comprehensive assessment based on the longest journey on each route, for instance, the famed Dukuh Atas – Jatimulya corridor encompassing a substantial 27.3 kilometers, it is projected that the fare for this specific voyage would approximately hover between Rp23,000 and Rp24,000.

“In meticulous detail, the initial kilometer would incur an expense of Rp5,000, while the ensuing 26.3 kilometers will be subject to a supplementary charge of Rp700 per kilometer, culminating in an aggregate fare estimate of roughly Rp23,000 to Rp24,000. It’s imperative to underscore that our calculations meticulously account for the spatial distance traversed,” elucidated Kuswardoyo, in response to probing inquiries on Thursday, 20 July 2023.

In its unwavering commitment to ensure seamless mobility for the populace, the Jabodebek LRT has undertaken a commendable collaboration with the central government, regional administrations, state-owned enterprises, regional-owned enterprises, and private stakeholders.

Together, they have spearheaded concerted efforts to establish holistic connectivity that transcends boundaries by interlinking various modes of transportation with the diverse network of Jabodebek LRT stations.

Kuswardoyo expounded with gusto, “It is a testament to our dedication that all Jabodebek LRT stations harmoniously intersect with a constellation of other transportation systems, thereby impeccably integrating the commuterline, MRT Jakarta, TransJakarta, Mikrotrans, Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train, Trans Patriot, and city transportation, all in one harmonious symphony.”

Reverberating within the esteemed echelons of transport experts and analysts, Aditya Dwi Laksana, the esteemed Chairman of the Railway and Inter-City Transportation Forum at the MTI Pusat, extolled the commendable move by the Jabodebek LRT in determining their fare rates.

Aditya expounded that the impending tariff framework of Rp5,000 for the minimum fare and a reasonable range of Rp20,000 to Rp25,000 for the maximum fare positions the Jabodebek LRT on the vanguard of equitable and competitive pricing among alternative modes of transportation.

Drawing insightful parallels, Aditya explicated, “Such judicious fare settings will engender fierce competitiveness, as the minimum fare of Rp5,000 for the Jabodebek LRT squarely challenges that of TransJakarta, which presently stands at Rp3,500.

Moreover, the equivalence of the Jabodebek LRT’s minimum fare to that of the LRT Jakarta route from Kelapa Gading to Velodrome, both commanding a flat fare of Rp5,000, is testament to its commitment to equitable pricing for the benefit of the public.”

Adding a flourish of astuteness to his analysis, Aditya averred, “Furthermore, when juxtaposed with the service fare of Royaltrans, an esteemed premium bus service within the TransJakarta network priced at approximately Rp20,000, the proposed maximum fare of Rp25,000 for the Jabodebek LRT is indeed judicious, setting the stage for a highly competitive and all-encompassing transport landscape.”