Saturday, 18 January 2020

Eid Homecoming Traffic to Peak Tonight: Govt

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  • Vehicles of Eid travelers queue before the Cipali Toll Road Gate in Palimanan, Cirebon, West Java, Thursday, May 30, 2019. ANTARA/Dedhez Anggara

    Vehicles of Eid travelers queue before the Cipali Toll Road Gate in Palimanan, Cirebon, West Java, Thursday, May 30, 2019. ANTARA/Dedhez Anggara

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaTransportation Ministry predicted that the 2019 Eid homecoming traffic will peak this afternoon, May 31. The head of the national integrated post for Eid al-Fitr or Lebaran, Arif Toha Tjahjagama, said the prediction was based on the latest data of state-run toll operator Jasa Marga.

    “Jasa Marga estimates 920,000 vehicles have yet to come out from Jakarta,” said Arief at a post of the Transportation Ministry, Central Jakarta, Friday, May 31.

    The traffic peak was predicted to occur today considering the collective leave of private employees and state apparatus would start on Saturday, June 1. However, Arief stopped short of detailing the total number of vehicles that would leave Jakarta tonight. 

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    Starting from D-7 to D-6 of Eid, Jasa Marga recorded 373,158 vehicles departed to the eastern and western areas of the capital. The figure increased by 38.32 percent from 269,774 units on normal days.

    On a written statement, Jasa Marga corporate communications' Irra Susiyanti outlined the total number of vehicles heading outside of Jakarta on D-7 and D-7 of Eid had met the prediction at 28.8 percent. “Out of the total, 51 percent heading to the east, 31 percent to the west, and 18 percent to the south,” said Irra on Friday, May 31.

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA