Jakarta — State-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga predicts more than 1.4 million cars will leave Jakarta through toll roads during the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) starting this weekend, or a 3.6 percent increase from last year. Idul Fitri is expected to fall on June 15 and 16. “Jasa Marge believes that 1.442 million cars will exit Jakarta eight days to one day before Idul Fitri,” Jasa Marga operational director Muhammad Sofyan said on Wednesday (06/06). He said more than half, or some 772,549 cars, would pass through the Jakarta-Cikampek route by the Cikarang Utama toll gate in Bekasi, West Java, a 2.86 percent increase from last year’s 751,100 cars. Meanwhile, 253,858 vehicles, or 10.5 percent increase from last year’s 230,455, is expected to pass through the Jagorawi toll road. Peak traffic is predicted to start on Saturday, Sofyan said. Previously, the Jakarta Police predicted peak traffic would start on Friday and last for three days. Travelers then are expected to return to Jakarta in two waves, on the fourth and the eighth day after Idul Fitri. The total number of cars going into the capital on these days is predicted to reach 1.52 million, compared to last year’s 1.478 million. Travelers have been advised to use public transportation for this year’s mudik. The Kalideres bus terminal in West Jakarta is offering parking spaces to car owners who wish to leave their vehicles behind the city. East Jakarta Mayor Bambang Musyawardana has offered up parking spaces at the mayor’s office, as well as district and sub-district offices.