Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality to Provide Free Transportation on Shabbat (Saturday) by end of 2019
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Thursday, October 31- Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality approved the initial budget needed to create an unprecedented transportation system functioning on Shabbat (Saturday) in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The weekend transportation network will connect Tel Aviv to its surrounding cities and is made possible with the collaboration of additional municipalities including Ramat HaSharon, Givatayyim, and Kiryat Ono. The buses will operate on weekends during hours in which the regular public transport is unavailable and will be free and open to all in its initial phase.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Finance Committee approved the initial budget for the project on Tuesday October 29, which amounts to approximately NIS 1.5 million for it to run by the end of 2019. The annual costs for running the weekend transportation system for a whole year is estimated at approximately NIS 12.5 million and the budget is expected to grow as other cities may join the venture. The project is already gaining widespread interest from additional authorities and is expected to provide a suitable transportation solution for approximately four million metropolitan residents.
The intercity network will consist of seven bus lines that will cover the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area. Frequencies and routes will be determined by the various authorities and real-time information and schedules will be communicated to users via the common transportation apps as soon as the project will be launched, before the end of 2019.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The metropolitan transportation network is the newest addition to the existing weekend transportation methods including the Sherut taxis organized by the Ministry of Transportation and the shared municipal initiatives such as AutoTel and Tel-O-Fun. The transportation network will provide a solution to the public’s demand for transportation throughout the weekend and thereby contributing to lowering the cost of living, alleviating transportation and parking problems and enabling mobility for residents who do not own a private car.”
Meital Lehavi, Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for Transportation: “Transportation plays a major role in the reaching social justice, providing it offers equal mobility, 24/7 for the entire population, including those who do not owe a private car or a driver’s license. The highlight of this project is the cooperation between the authorities in the metropolitan area whose residents will be able to travel freely during the weekends throughout the cities partnering in the venture.”
Head of International Press
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality