Mass exodus to begin in Jakarta this weekend
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
The annual Idul Fitri exodus, locally known as mudik, is expected to reach its peak in Jakarta over the weekend, as millions of Jakartans exit the city by various means of transportation, a Jakarta transportation agency official said on Friday.
The agency has predicted that up to 6.7 million Jakartans will leave the city to return to their hometowns on Saturday and Sunday, Transportation Agency head Andri Yansyah said.
The agency carried out worthiness tests on buses serving travelers as part of its preparation for the annual exodus.
"We will continue to monitor bus worthiness until Idul Fitri. We will also carry out checks on bus drivers by conducting urine tests in cooperation with police and Transportation Ministry," Andri told thejakartapost.com on Friday.
The agency also improved terminal services at 12 major bus terminals; Pulogadung, Rawamangun, Kampung Rambutan, Pulogebang, Tanjung Priok, Kalideres and Pasar Minggu.
The city provided health posts and facilities to facilitate vehicle worthiness checks in an effort to guarantee traveler safety. (rin)
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