Jakarta — The government has dropped its plan for laying new tracks for the impending Jakarta-Surabaya high-speed rail project and instead upgrade existing railway tracks. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi held a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Thursday (07/09) to discuss the problem. “It was the vice president’s directive to use existing lines,” Budi Karya told reporters. “Using the existing line will be much faster to construct the fast train. We do not need to build new stations and the remaining job is to upgrade between 500-800 railway crossings [with elevated tracks],” he added. In addition, the new plan would cut the cost of building the railway to Rp 50 trillion [US$3.75 billion] from Rp 80 trillion, Budi Karya said. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the existing tracks are capable of handling trains with speeds up to 150 kilometer per hour. Current train speeds are limited to 90 kph because of the existence of hundreds of road crossings along the tracks.