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Indonesia's Widodo launches greater Jakarta light rail service

Country's third such project hits $2.1bn after cost overruns, multiple delays

A train of LRT Jabodebek, the country's latest light rail system, passes over a highway in Indonesia. The project is entirely state-backed. (Courtesy of Kereta Api Indonesia)

JAKARTA -- President Joko Widodo on Monday launched a light rail transit network serving Jakarta and two of its satellite cities as Indonesia's capital struggles with traffic and air pollution.

LRT Jabodebek is Indonesia's third such network. The first, in South Sumatra province, was launched in 2018 and runs 23 kilometers. LRT Jakarta followed a year later, covering 5.8 km.

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