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Number of Jabodetabek train passengers for Idul Fitri sees double digit increase

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 24, 2017   /   03:51 pm
Number of Jabodetabek train passengers for Idul Fitri sees double digit increase Train passengers prepare to depart from Gambir train station in Central Jakarta for Idul Fitri holidays on June 21. (Kompas.com/Alsadad Rudi)

State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has reported a double-digit increase in the number of passengers traveling by train from the Greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) during this year’s Idul Fitri holidays.

The company transported 341,605 passengers from 10 days before Idul Fitri up to two days before the festivity, an increase of almost 16 percent from the same period in 2016.

“We offered 46,000 tickets each day, however the demands were always higher than that,” KAI operation region 1 spokesperson Suprapto said during a media briefing on Friday, adding that tickets were all sold out.

The company is now increasing security at its train stations by partnering with the National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI).

They have deployed a joint security team that consists of 1,145 police officers, military officers and KAI’s own security personnel. The team is complemented by K9 police dogs as well.

“During the Idul Fitri holidays, we hope we can give passengers ultimate comfort, punctuality and guaranteed security,” Suprapto said. (hol/tas)