Annual Idul Fitri Holiday Exodus From Jakarta Already in Full Swing

A person walks in front of buses at Kalideres Terminal, West Jakarta on July 22, 2014. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

A person walks in front of buses at Kalideres Terminal, West Jakarta on July 22, 2014. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Jakarta. With Idul Fitri just a week away, the annual holiday exodus has begun, forcing transportation companies to put on additional services to cater for the jump in passengers trying to leave Jakarta.

At East Jakarta’s Kampung Rambutan Terminal, the number of passengers leaving Jakarta by bus increased over the weekend, terminal chief Dwi Basuki said.

On Saturday, some 503 buses departed from the bus station, while 492 buses left the terminal on Sunday.

“On a regular day, there are usually only 400 buses operating here,” Dwi said on Monday. “The exodus will peak three or four days before Idul Fitri, because travelers headed for Central and East Java want to participate in the Ied Prayer, the prayer held on the morning of Idul Fitri, in their hometowns.”

“If they leave [Jakarta] two days before that day, they won’t arrive on time,” he added. Idul Fitri this year is expected to fall on Sunday.

Dwi said the terminal had prepared support facilities in anticipation of this year’s exodus, including a customer service booth, a health checkup booth, a security booth, a booth for mechanical checkups, and nursing rooms.

The terminal has also set up a call center to accommodate complaints and public reports.

“With the call center [at] 021 3457471, passengers can report anything related to their travel activities here,” Dwi said.

State-owned railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia, meanwhile, said it had started operating two new trains — named Menoreh Lebaran and Sawunggalih Lebaran — to cater to passengers this Idul Fitri, according to a report from Liputan6.com.

“The additional trains started operating last Friday,” KAI director Ignasius Jonan said on Sunday as quoted by Liputan6.com. “They will serve as additional [trains] for Idul Fitri.”

Meanwhile, the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) have also made plans to secure the travel break.

“The police will work together with the military and other institutions to coordinate traffic from July 22 to August 6,” National Police chief Gen. Sutarman said on Monday. He said the police would deploy 137,800 personnel, and the TNI 51,500 officers for the operation. JG

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