Friday, May 31, 2024 | 04:30 WIB

Ensuring a safe Eid al-Fitr homecoming

Jakarta, IO – Every Eid al-Fitr homecoming journey begins and ends with safety in mind. As a once-a-year national event, the country should provide the best possible service to its citizens. According to a survey conducted by the Transportation Policy Agency of the Ministry of Transportation, the 2024 Eid al-Fitr potential national mobilization will include 71.7 percent of Indonesia’s population, or 193.6 million people. This represents around a 56 percent increase above the anticipated mobility figure over last year’s number. In 2023, 123.8 million people were estimated to mobilize from their residency, while in 2022 it was still 85.5 million. 

Out of 193 million homecoming travelers, 20.3 percent, or 39.32 million, will take trains. Some 19.37 percent or 37.51 million travelers opt for buses, while 18.29 percent or 35.42 million travelers, drive private vehicles. Rental car users reach 6.01 percent or 11.64 million. The estimated number of travelers using motorcycles is 16.07 percent, or 31.12 million people. 

The survey also predicts that the highest homecoming flow will occur on April 6, 7, and 8, 2024. Meanwhile, the peak of the return flow is expected to be on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Early homecoming appeals, such as toll tariff discounts, are considered insufficient, as homecomers rely primarily on holiday allowance payments (THR). Residents who earn their THR earlier may be able to return home sooner. 

The busiest homecoming day is expected to be Saturday (April 6, 2024), with 5.20 million people (18.28 percent), while the highest returning day is expected to be Sunday (April 14, 2024), with 6.12 million people (21.52%). The most popular departure time for homecoming is predicted to be between 7:00 and 09:59 a.m., accounting for 30.51 percent (8.67 million individuals). Meanwhile, the most anticipated return time is likely to be between 07:00 and 09:59 in the morning, accounting for 27.47 percent (7.81 million individuals). 

The homecoming of Jabodetabek residents  

The 2024 Eid Transportation Potential Mobilization survey conducted by the Transportation Policy Agency of the Ministry of Transportation shows that the second-largest number of homecomers are originating from the Jabodetabek region, with 28.43 million people (14.68 percent), after East Java with 31.3 million people (16.17 percent). 

The potential mobilizing number of homecomers from Jabodetabek during the Eid season in 2023 was 18.3 million people (54.31 percent), while in 2024, it is estimated to increase to 84.27 percent or 28.4 million people. 

Five means of transportation opted for by Jabodetabek residents are intercity trains with 8.26 million people (29.05 percent), buses with 7.89 million people (27.76 percent), private cars with 4.27 million people (15.03 percent), motorcycles with 2.56 million people (9.02 percent), and ferries with 1.63 million people (5.72 percent). 

Most homecomers are recorded to mobilize from Bekasi Regency, with 3.59 million people (12.63 percent). Meanwhile, the top destination for homecomers will be Central Java, with 9.7 million people (34.17 percent). 

Jabodetabek is anticipated to mobilize a total of 28.4 million people, which accounted for 3.1 million (11.04 percent) circulating within the region and 24.7 million (88.96 percent) out of the Jabodetabek region.