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Jakarta Post

Mass exodus to begin in Jakarta this weekend

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 1, 2016   /  08:18 pm
Mass exodus to begin in Jakarta this weekend Travelers wait for a bus to take them to their hometown during the annual Idul Fitri exodus, at Poris Plawad, Tangerang, Banten, on July 1. The Transportation Ministry predicts the peak of the exodus will fall on July 2 in Jakarta, four days prior to the Idul Fitri celebration. (Antara/Lucky R)

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 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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