Residents of Eshkol Regional Council are now entitled to three months of free travel from the new Ofakim train station to any destination in the country, the Transportation Ministry announced on Wednesday. Those eligible include the residents of 32 different western Negev communities located along the Gaza perimeter, including 14 kibbutzim, 15 moshavim and three community villages.
After the three months of free travel concludes, the residents will then be able to receive a 50-percent discount for two years to any destination, aside from a few locations in the South where ticket prices have already been reduced, the ministry said.
The Ofakim train station, the last stop of the new Negev Railway line, was inaugurated last week. The new line, according to Transportation Minister Israel Katz, significantly shortens travel time between the periphery and the Center and will allow citizens more freedom in choosing their places of residence and employment.