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Passengers pack Pasar Senen Station ahead of Idul Fitri

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 5, 2016   /  04:38 pm
Passengers pack Pasar Senen Station ahead of Idul Fitri Idul Fitri exodus – Holiday travelers wait for trains to their hometowns at Pasar Senen Station in Central Jakarta on Monday. (thejakartapost.com/Muhammad Reza)

Homebound travelers are continuing to flock to Pasar Senen Station in Central Jakarta although the Idul Fitri exodus peaked last Saturday.

Thousands of passengers packed the train station on Monday, forcing some people to sit on the floor or wait outside the station’s main building amid a lack of waiting areas.  

It is not unusual to see such passenger pileups at the station, as it serves economy trains, while Gambir, another train station in Central Jakarta, is for executive trains.

To better serve passengers returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri, Pasar Senen Station’s operator set up health, security and information posts on June 24.

State-owned railway operator PT KAI’s Regional Office I spokesman Bambang S. Prayitno said trains departing from Pasar Senen Station were carrying passengers to destinations across Java, such as Cirebon in West Java; Cilacap, Purworejo, Semarang, Surakarta and Yogyakarta in Central Java; and Kediri and Surabaya in East Java.

“The station has served 235,894 passengers traveling to destinations across Java since June 24,” Bambang told journalists on Monday.

To avoid further overcrowding inside the station, he said, travelers must queue at the entrance an hour before their departure.

“We have applied a new queueing system for passengers to avoid congestion at the station,” Bambang said. (rez/ebf)

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