BAGHDAD (AP) -- Commuters in Baghdad now have a way to avoid all the traffic and the checkpoints on the city's streets.
A commuter rail service that travels 15 miles through Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods in the heart of Baghdad is now in operation. A train ride costs the equivalent of 80 cents.
The train leaves Baghdad's main station in the morning and runs north to a mostly-Shiite neighborhood. It then cuts through central Baghdad to a mainly Sunni suburb in the south. It makes a handful of stops.
But transport officials say they're not sure how popular it will be.
AP Television News footage showed just a small number of people riding the train this morning.
Iraq's only major rail line currently runs from Baghdad to the southern city of Basra.
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