With airfares skyrocketing ahead of Idul Fitri, which will come in less than one week, traveling by car has become the favored mode of transportation among many holiday revelers, particularly those bound for Central or East Java.
A recent survey by the Transportation Ministry found that 14.9 million people living in Greater Jakarta will celebrate Idul Fitri in their hometowns, with 4.3 million of them opting to drive and 4.5 million taking the bus.
According to ministry estimates, 10.61 million private vehicles — 3.79 million cars and 6.85 million motorcycles — will hit the roads during this year’s Idul Fitri exodus. It predicts the peak of the exodus to occur from May 30 to June 1, while the peak of the reverse exodus is expected to last from June 7 to 9.
Authorities, toll road operators and various stakeholders are prepared to welcome any and all homebound travelers looking to drive along the 996-kilometer trans-Java toll road from Merak, Banten, to Probolinggo, East Java, and 503-km trans-Sumatra toll road.
To improve services for these travelers, the government is enforcing a one-way traffic rule on the trans-Java toll road from May 30 to June 2. The temporary change applies to roughly 230 km of toll road between Cikarang in Bekasi, West Java, and the West Brebes exit gate in Central Java. The same arrangement will be implemented for the return flow of traffic from June 8 to 10, between the Palimanan tollgate in Cirebon, West Java, and Cikarang, West Java.
With the traffic plans in place, hopefully the journey home for all is smooth with the number of accidents kept to a minimum. The National Police reported 389 accidents during the Idul Fitri exodus last year, down 20 percent from the 485 road incidents in 2017. —JP