The Jakarta Post
With the Idul Fitri celebration just around the corner, the administration of Wonogiri in Central Java has prepared dozens of buses to bring back former residents working in Greater Jakarta. The buses will pick them up on June 10, five days before Idul Fitri.
“This year, we have prepared 43 buses with a capacity of 40 passengers each. For this year’s Idul Fitri, we can carry around 1,800 homebound travellers – more than last year, when we transported 1,500,” said Sudarno of the Wonogiri Transportation Agency on Sunday.
That figure does not include free homebound transportation provided by state-owned enterprises or private companies.
Sudarno said the Wonogiri administration only provided the free buses for inbound trips, while the residents had to make arrangements of their own to return to Jakarta after the Idul Fitri holiday.
“We have allocated Rp 850 million [US$59,882] for this year’s homebound travel,” Sudarno said.
Meanwhile, Giri Adipura Wonogiri Terminal head Agus Hasto Purwanto said around 3,600 Wonogiri residents in Greater Jakarta would take advantage of free Idul Fitri transportation offered by the Transportation Ministry. Eighty buses had been prepared for the purpose, he added.
“We will also facilitate residents traveling by motorcycle. Fifty personnel will be deployed to handle this exodus trip,” Agus said.
The departure of the motorcycle travelers is scheduled for June 9, while holiday revellers traveling by bus will depart between June 9 and June 13.
The Transportation Ministry accepted online registrations for the free trips from March 25 to May 19. Travelers can also register at Jakarta Kota Station, Bogor Station or with the Jakarta Transportation Agency from May 21 to June 2. (hol/ebf)