Thu, 20 Nov 2003

Bus terminal readies for masses

JAKARTA: Kampung Rambutan, the largest bus terminal in the city, has provided 600 buses to operate for a week before the Idul Fitri holiday, expecting an increase in passenger demand of 30 percent during the holidays, when millions leave the city for their home villages.

Idul Fitri will fall on Nov. 25.

"We expect 30,000 holidaymakers to come through here during this year's holiday season," said Endi Leston the spokesperson for the company that manages the terminal on Wednesday during a visit from House of Representatives members. "The peak will be on Saturday (Nov. 22)," he added.

He said the bus operators also would provide an additional 200 buses for the two days before Idul Fitri, which marks the end of Ramadhan.

During the legislators' visit, the bus terminal was unusually clean of its usual trash, street vendors and ticket scalpers. -- JP