The Jakarta Post
The Transportation Ministry estimated that as of Monday, two days before Idul Fitri, 2.5 million vehicles had left the Greater Jakarta area, including Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi, 1.5 million of which were motorbikes.
“The number shows a 36.3 percent increase from last year’s Idul Fitri exodus period, which saw only 1.8 vehicles leaving the capital two days before the holiday,” the ministry’s spokesman, Hemi Pamuraharjo, said on Monday.
According to the Transportation Ministry, as many as 10,913 buses carrying 215,685 passengers have also departed from 48 terminals in 14 provinces as of Monday. The provinces are Bali, Banten, Central Java, East Java, East Kalimantan, Jakarta, Lampung, North Sumatra, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, South Sumatra, West Java, West Nusa Tenggara, and Yogyakarta. Meanwhile, the number of buses arriving in those terminals has reached 11,726 buses, carrying 199,281 passengers.
Based on the results of its latest monitoring activities on several toll roads, the Transportation Ministry reported that cars and buses still moved slowly on several roads, namely the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, Cipularang toll road, Java Northern Coast (Pantura) expressway, Cileunyi-Banjar route and the Java Southern Coast expressway.
Hemi added that vehicles were queued up to 30 kilometers to exit the Pejagan toll gate in Central Java. He suggested travelers use the Pantura expressway and Southern Nagreg, West Java, route as an alternative to the toll road. (wnd/ebf)