Riding the Baghdad Express

For about a month, commuter rail has been rolling in Baghdad. Where once there was danger, now there are commuters.
November 24, 2008, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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"Baghdad's first commuter train, an experiment in urban renewal in a city as broken as the rusted station sign but struggling to pull itself together."

"Since the commuter train service began about a month ago, ridership has been spotty. Few people seem to know it exists. After all, who would imagine such a thing in Baghdad, where going from one end of town to another was, not that long ago, an invitation to be killed?"

"But the Ministry of Transportation wanted to relieve Iraqis of the chaos of Baghdad's streets, where checkpoints, speeding convoys and almost daily bombings cause massive traffic tie-ups. Thus was born the Baghdad Metro, as the men who gather for each day's 5:30 a.m. departure have dubbed the service."

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Published on Friday, November 21, 2008 in Los Angeles Times
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