Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) toured the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project of Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Bekasi (Jabodebek) in Cibubur, East Jakarta, of Friday.

The LRT transport will connect the regions of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi, better known as "Jabodebek."

During the visit, President Jokowi was accompanied by Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimujono, Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Transportation Ministrys Director General for Railway Affairs Prasetio Budicahyono, and State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.

To ease traffic congestion, the government has planned the construction of mass transportation projects, including an 83.6 kilometer Light Rail Transit (LRT) for the Jabodebek area.

The first phase of the LRT project is to cost some Rp11.9 trillion for the three tracks -- Cibubur-Cawang line covering 13.7 kilometers (kms), Cawang-Dukuh, 10.5 kms and the Bekasi Timur-Cawang line covering 17.9 kms.

The second phase will travel through Cibubur-Bogor, Dukuh Atas-Palmerah Senayan and Palmerah-Grogol for 41.5 km, and will cost the same as the first phase.

The LRT is a rail-based means of transportation that is eco-friendly and built to operate above roads and highways.

President Jokow has said it will be integrated with all other public transport in Jakarta, including TransJakarta, airport railway and the Jakarta-Bandung speed train.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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