Kota Baru to see heavy traffic during festive period


  • Nation
  • Friday, 16 Jun 2017

Busy roads: Waze will help users avoid peak hour traffic and decide on the fastest routes.

PETALING JAYA: Driving through Klang Valley roads will be a breeze from next Thursday, with navigation app Waze predicting a 90% reduction in traffic during the Hari Raya period.

So, where would all the vehicles from the city go at this time of the year? Kota Baru, Kelantan, most likely.

According to the Waze report, Kota Baru will see the largest traffic inflow in the peninsula, with five times more vehicles expected to enter the city during the festive period compared with normal days.

The popular navigation app company released its travel statistics for key cities from next Wednesday until Sunday, based on app usage during the Hari Raya holidays last year.

It included readings from four weeks before and after the festival date to create a baseline traffic average.

Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, is predicted to have four times more traffic this Raya season, with 3.7 times more vehicles in the Kinta Valley, Perak.

Batu Pahat, Johor and Melaka will see a 2.6% to 3.6% increase in traffic.

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, city dwellers can expect a decrease in congestion and the number of drivers throughout the week.

Folks in Johor Baru can also enjoy a possible 78% decrease in traffic on Thursday, with fewer drivers expected for the weekend.

Waze also advises users to utilise the app’s “Planned Drives” feature, where they have to key in their intended time of arrival at their destination and the app will take care of the rest.

Waze will alert users as to when they should leave home, taking into account the expected traffic conditions.

It will also help users avoid peak hour traffic, as well as recommend the fastest route based on real-time driving and data from other users.

Malaysia reportedly has the highest proportion of Waze users to population in all of Asia, with 2.5 million users in Kuala Lumpur alone, contributing nearly 1.2 million alerts such as accidents and potholes per month.

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