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Traffic-choked Jakarta opens first light railway line

Infrastructure development a top priority in President Jokowi's second term

An LRT Jakarta train on trial run last year. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

JAKARTA -- Commercial operations started Sunday on Jakarta's first light rail transit line, the second modern public transport service opened in the traffic-clogged Indonesian capital this year.

The 5.8-kilometer segment of LRT Jakarta connects an industrial and commercial area of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta with a residential area in the city's east. Built at a cost of 5.8 trillion rupiah ($412 million), the line is part of a planned 20-km stretch that will include an airport transfer and connections with the old commuter rail network serving greater Jakarta.

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