\r\nDuring the event Mr Dono Boestami, managing director of MRT Jakarta, announced that preferred suppliers have been selected for three of the five contracts for the construction of the 9.2km underground section of the first 15.2km phase of the north-south line. A consortium of Shimizu, Obayashi, Wijaya Karya and Jaya Construction has been chosen for two contracts, while the third will be awarded to Sumitomo-Mitsui Construction. Boetsami confirmed preferred bidders will be announced soon for the two remaining underground construction packages, together with the three contracts for the elevated section of the line.\r\nThe first phase is due to open in 2017 will link to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle with Lebak Bulus in southern Jakarta. The line will have six underground and seven elevated stations. Services will initially operate at five-minute headways and ridership is expected to reach 420,000 passengers per day after three years of operation.\r\nThe second phase will extend the line 8.1km north to Kampung Bandan and is due to be completed by 2019. Feasibility studies are also underway on an east-west line, which is scheduled to open in 2024.