Night buses (kavei layla) in 65 cities and local authorities around the country will operate until 4 a.m. during chol hamoed, the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday, the Transportation Ministry said. Aiming to save lives by offering an alternative to private cars, a total of 58 lines will be run by public transportation operators from Nahariya to Eilat.
Over the course of the year, night buses run on Thursday and Saturday nights as well as all week during the summer vacation and holidays, the Transportation Ministry said. In the past year 700,000 young people have taken advantage of the bus availability, the ministry added.
"Night buses are saving lives," Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Sunday. "This project proves that it is possible to implement in Israel a smart and interactive public transportation system that is attractive to passengers."