Jasa Marga Sets Aside Rp 380b for Road Repair, Sees Higher Toll Road Volume
FEBRUARY 11, 2015
Jakarta. Indonesian toll road operator Jasa Marga has prepared a Rp 380 billion ($30 million) budget for maintenance on its toll roads for 2015, including those affected by heavy rain and flooding.
Jasa Marga typically fixes all of its toll roads in late April but focuses work on the ones affected by rain following the end of the rainy season.
Two toll roads — the Jakarta Inner Ring Road and the one in Penjaringan Junction and Rawa Bokor — that lead to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport need to be fixed, said Hasanudin, Jasa Marga’s director of operations, on Tuesday.
“We are focusing on the maintenance of those two toll roads. Last year the toll road connecting Jakarta and Tangerang was badly affected by the flood. I hope it won’t happen again this year,” Hasanudin said.
During the rainy season, the volume of vehicles passing through the toll roads tends to decrease but that does not have any impact on the company’s income, Hasanudin said.
“There are not many vehicles traversing the toll roads in January and February, but it does not affect anything, because we count on a yearly income, and there’s always growth of 4 percent to 5 percent every year,” Hasanudin said.
Jasa Marga forecasts volume on its roads to reach 1.38 billion vehicles in 2015. Last year, 1.32 billion vehicles — namely cars, trucks and buses — passed through the company’s toll gates.
Hasanudin added that the toll road operator would raise the fees at all of its toll roads in September 2015 and that it would work with Bank Mandiri in helping it add more e-payment automatic gates, in order to reach the minimum service standard.
Jasa Marga targets in 2015 that 40 percent of all toll gates would use the e-payment system and in 2017 to 80 percent.
Drivers who use the e-toll card, which is used for Jasa Marga’s e-payment system, will be able to add credit — ranging from Rp 50,000 to Rp 200,000 — at all gates later this year, compared to a small fraction now, Hasanudin said.
He added that people using e-toll cards amounted to 14 percent of all transactions by volume nowadays, but he predicted that ratio would rise to 20 percent this year.