The first line will run north along the coast from Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, to the port of Pare-Pare. The total cost of the first phase is Rs 9 trillion ($US 769m) including rolling stock.

Last year the six provincial governments of Sulawesi signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Transport to develop plans for a 2000km network on the island. The Makassar Pare-Pare line is being developed under a separate accord signed by the South Sulawesi government and the ministry in 2012.