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Indonesia set to open Southeast Asia's 1st high-speed rail in October

Jokowi eager to tout China-backed project after delays and cost overruns

Running late: Indonesia has been working on the Jakarta Bandung High Speed Rail line since 2016. (Photo courtesy of Kereta Cepat Indonesia China)

JAKARTA -- After repeated delays, Indonesia's high-speed rail service is set to begin commercial operations as early as October, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

The Indonesian-Chinese consortium Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) set October as the new opening date after pushing back the previous timeline of August. KCIC will use the extra time to conduct further test runs to ensure safety.

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