The Jakarta Post
Bus operator Lorena Transport and Karina Transport project to see a 20 percent increase in the number of passengers traveling during the Idul Fitri exodus when millions of people head to their hometowns to celebrate the holiday.
The projection is lower than that of a Transportation Ministry survey, which expects to see a 30 percent increase.
According to Lorena Transport and Karina Transport managing director Dwi Rianta Soerbakti, after the completion of the trans-Java toll road, travelers will prefer to use their private cars rather than buses.
He added that high airfares would not help boost the number of public bus passengers.
“People may not travel by air because of high airfares. However, they will not shift to buses and instead use their own cars,” he told The Jakarta Post recently.
Dwi gave other reasons, like free exodus trip programs organized by government offices, private companies and state-owned enterprises for low-income families and their own employees.
Lorena and Karina Transports expect to transport some 100,000 passengers across its 40 routes during the exodus.
The operator’s major routes will be from Jakarta to East Java cities like Jember, Banyuwangi, Surabaya, Malang and also the Madura Island, as well as from Jakarta to major Sumatra cities.
The Transportation Ministry expects this year’s exodus to involve 22.83 million people. (bbn)