Govt to Implement Traffic Discretion due to Eid Congestion
Date 7 Juni 2019
Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi instructed State-owned toll operator Jasa Marga to coordinate with the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas), to apply traffic engineering discretion in a number of toll roads in Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek) area due to traffic congestion caused by Eid holiday.
“Today, the anticipation is a bit late. I have assigned Jasa Marga to quickly apply the discretion,” said the Minister at Kampung Rambutan bus station, East Jakarta, Thursday (6/6).
According to Budi, the implementation of contraflow and one-way systems is effective to break down the congestion.
“In case of a more than 3-km traffic jam, we will apply 1-lane contraflow. If the traffic jam persists, we will apply 2-lane contraflow, then one-way system. The traffic to Bogor, today, has the same dynamic as the D-7 of Eid al-Fitr, but within 30 minutes we were able to control it,” he said.
The Minister stated that the contraflow and the one-way systems would still be the choice to anticipate the backflow traffic for the next few days.
“We will implement a 3-days one-way system on 7, 8, and 9 June from Brebes Km 263 to Cikampek Km 70 and 1 or 2-lane contraflow from Cikampek Km 70 to Km 29. However, the plan is rather flexible.,” he explained.
Furthermore, to avoid traffic congestion, the Minister also asked travelers not to use the shoulder of the road as a place to stop except in an emergency. The travelers who want to take a break should choose other options, such as getting out of the toll road and stopping by the cities they are passing through.
On the occasion, Budi urged the public who would use buses as a mode of transportation to choose buses that had passed the feasibility test. He firmly asked the Police to take direct action on buses that were not roadworthy but still operating.
In addition, he also asked the Transportation Local Offices (Dishub) to cooperate with the Regional Police, to monitor the roads passed by the buses. He also reminded them not to allow the use of lane which is not designated for the buses, to avoid accidents. (BKIP Kemenhub/EN)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Edited by : Ridwan Ibadurrohman, Mia M. Bonaedy