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Stalled Indonesia rail project overcomes major hurdle

Jakarta accepts Japan's plan to upgrade existing lines, drops new rail construction

Rail lines lead into the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. A Japanese-backed upgrade would halve rail travel times between Indonesia's two largest cities.

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has agreed that a Tokyo-backed overhaul of the railway connecting the country's two largest cities will refurbish already existing lines, a breakthrough that could accelerate the stymied project.

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