Aiming to "bring the periphery closer to the Center," the Transportation Ministry announced on Monday that train fares to southern destinations would soon undergo significant reductions. Transportation Minister Israel Katz will sign a decree next week slashing ticket prices to and from dozens of places, ahead of an overall reform to country's public transportation tariff structure that is expected to be implemented in January 2016.
Some of the reductions include a 40-percent drop in price on the Beersheba-Ashkelon route (NIS 38 to NIS 24), a 35% reduction for Beersheba-Ashdod (NIS 38 to NIS 25), a 10% decrease for Beersheba-Haifa (NIS 69.5 to NIS 63) and a 60% reduction for Beersheba-Sderot (NIS 39 to NIS 16), the Transportation Ministry said.
In addition to the dozens of tariff reductions across the board for the South, Katz is expected in the coming days to sign off on a number of new discounts to various segments of the population. -Sharon Udasin