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Anticipating Overcrowding at the Port Ahead of Homecoming, Ministry of Transportation Holds Coordination Meeting

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Anticipating Overcrowding at the Port Ahead of Homecoming, Ministry of Transportation Holds Coordination Meeting

Jakarta, Timerilis.com – Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi held a coordination meeting (Rakor) to discuss ways to anticipate overcrowding at the Merak Crossing Port, Banten, during the Lebaran homecoming period this year. Budi said that with the surge of travelers predicted to be higher than last year’s Eid, preparations must be made early.

“We have made preparations and coordination early and InshaAllah the implementation will be better than last year,” Budi said, Jakarta, Saturday (11/3/2023).

Budi said that all relevant stakeholders are committed to ensuring the volume-to-capacity ratio (V/C ratio). The ratio between the number of passengers and vehicles and the capacity of the Port, is still within reasonable and controllable limits, which is less than 0.8.

“Earlier in the discussion, the V / C ratio will try to be as low as possible. For this reason, several simulations will be carried out regularly to ensure the target is achieved,” he said.

Some measures and policies will be taken so that the surge in passenger and vehicle movements can still be controlled. The first is to prepare additional alternative piers to break the density at the seven piers in Merak.

“We have prepared five piers at Ciwandan Port and one pier at Indah Kiat Port, Banten,” Budi said.

The second step is to massively socialize the public to buy tickets online early or at least one day before departure. Thus, the number of passengers and vehicles passing at a certain time can be managed properly.

“If you buy the ticket on the day of departure, PT ASDP will charge a higher price,” he said.

The third step is to prepare a buffer zone or vehicle deposition area, which is being built on the toll road towards Merak KM 97, it is expected to prevent overcrowding in the port area.

This place not only serves as a resting place but also as a screening place to ensure passengers already have tickets. Because this year, people can no longer buy tickets directly at the port.

“Several measures will be prepared such as increasing the number of docks at the port, adding ships, accelerating loading and unloading, adding rest areas, to managing ticketing, we will regularly check on this development,” Budi explained.

Based on the survey results, this year’s Eid is predicted that the peak movement at the Merak crossing will reach more than 42 thousand vehicles. This number has increased compared to the peak flow of vehicles on H-3 Eid in 2022, which reached more than 37 thousand vehicles. (Eva/Rd)