As part of the capital’s new light rail program, more than
1,000 free parking spaces were opened in the city on Tuesday in Jerusalem for “Park
and Ride.” People were able to leave their cars at the outskirts of the city and take
the light rail to the center.
The largest lot was at Har Herzl, with 500 spots,
in addition to 200 at Ammunition Hill and 300 in the center of Pisgat Zev. The
parking facilities, which cost NIS 75 million to build, were free to drivers
who show proof of travel on the light rail. Non-light rail users could park in the lots for a fee.
An additional 400 parking spots were planned for Ammunition Hill. All travel on
the light rail is also free of charge for the next few weeks as the train works
out kinks in the ticketing system.