Gov’t Prepares Steps to Accommodate Eid Reverse Exodus Traffic
In a bid to anticipate the Eid reverse mudik (annual exodus ahead of Eid Day) traffic in Trans Java Toll Road which is estimated to peak on 7-9 June 2019, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing through the Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT) has asked Toll Road Business Entities (BUJT) to take a number of steps such as adding toll booths, adding toll officers who use mobile readers for transaction, as well as adding signs and facilities in the rest areas.
“In a meeting on traffic evaluation and the preparation of the reverse mudik traffic on 3 June 2019 chaired by Director General of Land Transportation Budi Setyadi and attended by the Head of National Police Traffic Corps Refdi Andri, BUJT representatives, Indonesian Rest Area Association Directors, Head and officials of BPJT, we have issued instructions to be followed up by the BUJT,” said Head of the BPJT Danang Parikesit.
The instruction contains 8 points, namely:
First, on 7-10 June 2019, one-way system will be implemented starting from KM 414 of Kalikangkung BG (Barrier Gate) to KM 70 of Cikatama BG, at 12.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Western Indonesian Time. Then, from KM 70 to KM 65 or according to the current situation, a contraflow system will be applied. The National Police Traffic Corps will be in charge for this.
Second, the BUJT related to this policy, namely PT. Jasamarga Semarang Batang (JSB), PT. Pemalang Batang Toll Road (PBTR), PT. Pejagan Pemalang Toll Road (PPTR), PT. Semesta Marga Raya (SMR), PT. Lintas Marga Sedaya (LMS) and PT. Jasamarga, are instructed to have better preparation. The traffic signs, rubber cones, guideposts, and toll road service officers should be available before 7 June 2019.
Third, at each rest area, there should be stand-by officers and toll road services such as tow trucks and ambulances to help road users in case of accidents, sickness, or having problems with their vehicles. In addition, it is also necessary to install a canopy above the road access from/to the toilet which should be available before 7 June 2019.
Fourth, at each rest area affected by one-way and contraflow policies, road signs for rest area should be installed at 1 kilometer and 500 meters before the rest area. A Call Center number must also be attached under the signs and put in strategic places before 7 June 2019.
Fifth, all medians to be closed during the one-way system to avoid vehicles entering or moving lines which can endanger the lives of others.
Sixth, in the Trans Java and Trans Sumatra Toll Roads, specifically in the Pejagan-Batang Section, the Brand Holder Agent (APM) repair shop facilities should be installed, and the availability of fuel in the type A rest area should be ensured.
Seventh, PT LMS as the BUJT of the Cikampek-Palimanan Section should improve the transaction tools to speed up transaction which can reduce the traffic. At the peak of the reverse mudik traffic in 2018, the number of transactions was recorded at 94 thousand supported by 26 mobile readers. From this experience, the capacity of toll booths and mobile readers will be increased to 38 units including additional numbers of officers.
Palimanan Toll Gate, which will serve as the payment gateway for cluster 2 and tapping point cluster 1, is expected to have long queues. PT. LMS will add 2 EDC machines to the existing 10 EDC machines and 8 mobile readers to add the existing 10 mobile readers. There is also 14 single substations and 6 reversible substations.
“Should long queue occurs, we will follow the polices order to reduce the traffic, including to open the Palimanan Toll Gate for free,” Danang stated.
Eighth, the BUJT and the National Police Traffic Corps should disseminate the policy.
Moreover, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing will work hard and continues to coordinate with relevant agencies to provide better service in terms of security, safety, and comfort. (BKP Kementerian PUPR/EN)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Edited by : Estu Widyamurti, Yuyu Mulyani