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One-way, contraflow policies fail to ease Idul Fitri congestion

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 10, 2019   /  09:36 pm
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Motorists line up at the Cikampek Utama toll gate in West Java on Friday, June 7. Toll road operator Jasa Marga and traffic police enforced one-way and contraflow policies to handle the high volume of cars on the road.(Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Pre and post-Idul Fitri traffic to and from Jakarta has again been marked by severe congestion, despite major toll-road developments and the implementation of a one-way traffic policy, which had previously helped ease traffic congestion. Sunday saw the peak of post-Idul Fitri traffic, with a record 166,574 vehicles making westbound trips on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, higher than 130,125 vehicles recorded over the same period last year, according to toll road operator Jasa Marga. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the surge was expected given the return period for holidaymakers lasted just three days from Friday to Sunday, compared to the seven-day mudik (exodus) period from May 29 to June 4. The surge led to severe congestion on toll-roads, with travelers bound for Jakarta complaining about being stuck on the road for many hours longer than their mudik trips. ...