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Jakarta railway projects spark bedroom suburb buildup

Commuters won't have to fear the capital's mind-numbing traffic

A worker is seen at a Jakarta MRT construction site in the Indonesian capital in February.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Residential developments are sprouting on the periphery of Jakarta, now that new railways are about to offer commuters a way around the city's notorious traffic. 

Indonesia's first high-capacity commuter rail network, the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit, is scheduled to be up and running in 2019. A medium-capacity system, the Jakarta Light Rail Transit, is also under construction. And the areas around planned stations have become hot targets for property developers.

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