Exodus of Millions Expected on Idul Fitri

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A survey is conducted to find out the expected number of people joining mudik (going hometown) exodus. The event carried out by Ministry of Transportation on Idul Fitri holiday is expected to reach 22 millions people. The survey is done in 12 major cities in the country. Still according to the survey, there will be a surge in number by around 7 to 10 percent.

    "Passengers going by planes usually increase by 10 percent. Last year, it increased by 12 to 15 percent," said Deputy Minister of Transportation, Bambang Susanto in Jakarta, Saturday, June 8.

    No expected changes for land transportation such as buses and trains. Bambang said the growth and capacity of trains would be the same as that of last year since they (train service providers) prioritize the comfort aspect. He added that the 'one-seat one-name' policy would still be applied.

    Bambang also said that passengers using motorcycles are expected to rise by 1 to 15 percent, therefore the Ministry would prepare special lanes for motorcycles. "It depends on the result of the survey. In the next one or two weeks, we’ll decide which special roads needing more attention. Bambang further said, officials on the road will also control the speed of the motorcycles.