Jasa Marga should ensure toll road users' comfort and safety till Idul Fitri counter-exodus
Member of the House Commission VI Andre Rosiade. Photo: Dok/Man
After two-year ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s enthusiasm for going on ‘mudik’ (exodus) to celebrate Idul Fitri in their hometowns is extremely high. Data published by toll road operator Jasa Marga show that mudik this year sets a new record high compared to the previous Idul Fitri holidays. Member of the House Commission VI Andre Rosiade asked Jasa Marga to maintain comfort and safety of toll roads users until the end of counter-exodus.
“PT Jasa Marga president director Subakti Syukur and all of his staff have been working so hard to provide maximum services to anticipate traffic volume that increases during the mudik period,” he said in a written statement obtained by Parlementaria on Monday (9/5/2022). “We expect Jasa Marga to constantly improve its services for the convenience of the toll roads users in the future.”
The Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party politician also expressed his appreciation to the state-owned toll road operator for all the work it had done in giving its best services to travelers during the 2022 Idul Fitri mudik period. This year’s mudik by land transportations, especially via Trans Java toll road, had been relatively smooth thanks to the readiness and collaboration among all stakeholders, including Jasa Marga, he added.
“We heard that PT Jasa Marga president director Subakti Syukur often had conducted field inspection,” Rosiade said. “He even stayed overnight at the KM 70 Cikampek Utama (Cikatama) toll gate to ensure a smooth flow of the mudik traffic. Even though there was severe congestion at the peak of homecoming flow, traffic was under control immediately thanks to the good coordination in the implementation of traffic engineering.”
He said that Jasa Marga together with the police and other stakeholders had been able to ensure the safety and smoothness of this year’s mudik traffic flow. Several prepared traffic engineering had proven effective in easing traffic delays and congestion at some Trans-Java toll road sections.
This year, four types of traffic engineering had been applied for the homebound and return journey traffic flow: one way, odd-even license plate, contraflow, and restrictions for freight transport and 3-axle trucks. The return traffic flow was reportedly increasing since the second day of Idul Fitri on Tuesday (3/5/2022).
Data collected by Jasa Marga between 3 to 5 May showed 563,000 vehicles had returned to Greater Jakarta. “As many as 1.7 million vehicles were recorded leaving Greater Jakarta in the period of ten days to one day before Idul Fitri. This figure is the highest in Indonesia’s history of mudik," he said. (eko/aha-mut)