Keeping Shabus – and getting around town

Even though the future looks bright for the Shabus with a steady increase in membership, the main goal of this endeavor is, as Wharton explains “to become obsolete.”

August 6, 2016 07:30
Shabus transportation

Shabus transportation. (photo credit: SARAH LEVI)

The nonprofit Shabus transportation collective has become a familiar term for a small community of secular Jerusalemites for over a year now. Since I fall into that category, I had heard the term here and there and had seen Facebook posts every once in a while, but I never had the need for follow-up because I live in the city center and am within walking distance of many things that Jerusalem has to offer.

But what about the thousands of people who don’t observe Shabbat and don’t want to feel trapped at home? Many don’t own cars or have driving licenses and don’t want to spend their hard-earned money on cab fare. So what about them? A FEW months ago, I noticed that the Shabus was appearing on my Moovit app (real-time public transportation times), and my curiosity grew. This led me to investigate what this was all about. So on a recent Friday night, I rode the Shabus during its eight-hour route to further understand where it goes, who uses it and the people behind the collective.


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