The Ministry of Transportation will implement a one-way system on the Trans-Java Toll Road during this year's Idul Fitri exodus to prevent traffic congestion. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)

Gov't Takes Measures to Prevent Traffic Congestion During Idul Fitri Holiday Exodus

BY : THRESA SANDRA DESFIKA & NUR YASMIN

MAY 10, 2019

Jakarta. The Ministry of Transportation has decided to adopt a different strategy this year to prevent traffic congestion on the Trans-Java Toll Road during the annual Idul Fitri holiday exodus.

"We have held a meeting with the National Police, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Toll Road Regulatory Agency [BPJT], Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency [BPTJ] and [toll-road operator] Jasa Marga. We agreed to use a one-way system [instead of an odd-even traffic rationing system]," Budi Setiyadi, director general of land transportation, said on Thursday.

He said this decision was taken because most people tend to travel in groups, together in two or three cars, and they would not be able to do so in many instances under the odd-even system. In addition, if people are not adequately informed about the traffic rationing system, it could result in a traffic buildup at entry points.

A one-way system will apply from the Cikarang Main Toll Gate just west of Jakarta, to the 262-kilometer location marker, or the West Brebes Toll Gate in Central Java.

"Starting from May 30 until June 2, vehicles traveling from the east will exit through the West Brebes Toll Gate and use the artery or national road up to Cirebon, Indramayu and then on to Jakarta. This will apply 24 hours per day," Budi said.

"During the return trip, a one-way system will apply from Palimanan up to the 29-kilometer location marker. However, motorists traveling from Jakarta to Bekasi will still be able to use the road," he said.

Construction work on the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road project will also be halted temporarily to prevent traffic congestion.

"We will restore the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road to four lanes. The Cikarang Main Toll Gate in Bekasi will be relocated [to the Cikampek Main Toll Gate near Purwakarta in West Java] and there will be a separate gate for vehicles traveling to Bandung and Cirebon," Budi said.

The authorities will also limit goods vehicles on the road between May 30 and June 2, to ease traffic.

Budi advised all relevant ministries and agencies to increase public awareness of the policy.

"All ranks along the national road will be involved in informing the public; this is what the National Police chief said. We have enough time to convey this to the public and to prepare travelers for it. We also need Jasa Marga to install special road signs," Budi said.

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