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Jakarta police prepare for post-Eid traffic surge, urge strategic planning

Homecoming vehicles pass on the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) Toll Road, Cirebon, West Java, Sunday (7/4/2024). ANTARA FOTO/Aprillio Akbar/tom/aa.

Jakarta Police anticipate heavy traffic post-Eid, urging travelers to plan their return to the capital to avoid congestion.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – In anticipation of the significant increase in traffic following the Eid al-Fitr 1445 Hijri celebrations, the Greater Jakarta Police’s Traffic Director, Senior Commissioner Latif Usman, urges the public to prepare for their return journey to Jakarta. With an estimated one million vehicles expected to enter Jakarta from April 13 to 16, 2024, travelers are advised to plan their trips carefully to ensure a smooth return to the capital.

Senior Commissioner Usman highlighted the importance of strategic planning, noting, “Every day, there are an average of 250 thousand vehicles entering Jakarta, which is quite high. Therefore, it is crucial for those returning to Jakarta to prepare everything in advance.” The Traffic Director emphasized the need for travelers to select their toll gate exits thoughtfully, recommending Cikunir Interchange, Tanjung Priok, and Halim as critical points to prevent congestion.

To facilitate a smoother flow of traffic, Senior Commissioner Usman pointed out the operational toll road from Cibitung to Cimanggis, which offers an alternative route for those heading to Bogor, Depok, and Cibubur, thereby avoiding the congested Cikunir Toll Gate.

In response to potential traffic congestion, the authority is prepared to implement a contraflow traffic scheme on the Halim Toll Road. “The contraflow will be our last resort, activated from the Halim Toll Gate to Slipi or towards the front of the Greater Jakarta Regional Police or the Parliament (DPR) building,” Senior Commissioner Usman explained.

The Greater Jakarta Police are committed to managing the return flow of vehicles effectively to ensure a smooth and orderly entry into Jakarta post-Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Travelers are encouraged to heed the advisory, plan their journeys in advance, and stay informed about the latest traffic updates and regulations.

The Greater Jakarta Police thanks the public for their cooperation and wishes everyone a safe and pleasant return journey to Jakarta.

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