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Bali's Transportation Officials Prepare for Surge of Lebaran Travelers in Third Week of September.

Bali News: Bali, transportation, Lebaran Holiday traffic, Gede Astika.
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The Denpasar Department of Transportation is preparing an armada of 890 busses in anticipation of the traditional upsurge in domestic passengers headed to Java and other islands during the busy Lebaran holiday period.

As reported by, the Chief of the Denpasar Transportation Office, Gede Astika, said that, as in years past, his office was working closely with transportation service providers to ensure sufficient vehicles are available to carry people back to the home villages across Indonesia for the annual holiday set to start from the weekend beginning September 16, 2009. "In addition to busses, we are also preparing minibuses and other forms of transport," explained Astika.

Authorities are predicting a 10% increase in Lebaran traffic this year, reflecting the improving economic condition in Indonesia.

In order to keep traffic moving, authorities are planning special inter-agency command posts to be set up along busy roads across the nation. These posts will be manned by officers from the Indonesian Army, Police, Department of Transportation, Traffic Police, Fire Department, Health officials and other interested agencies. The Command Posts will provide support services intended to enhance the safety and security of holiday travelers and provide traffic information to the public.

Police and law enforcement officers have also been tasked to move against transportation companies and scalpers who use the holiday period to coerce illegal fees and levies from travelers.

Police will also be equipped to test blood alcohol levels of public transportation drivers during busy traffic period.

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