Religious man riding a bus 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Salem)
Egged’s Line 1, which runs from the Central Bus Station to the Western Wall, has
returned to the streets of Mea She’arim more than a year and a half after the
bus cooperative stopped servicing most of the Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox
neighborhood due to violence against the buses. Police accompanied the line on
test runs at the beginning of last week, and service resumed on Thursday.
“Police details are accompanying the buses so that they are able to immediately
respond to any violence,” said Jerusalem Police deputy spokeswoman Shlomit
Bajshi added that there were no violent incidents since the buses resumed
running. In the upcoming weeks, Egged will also resume service to parts of the
neighborhood with Line 2. Buses continued to run along Strauss Street, the main
road in Mea She’arim, but did not enter the neighborhood’s smaller streets in
the neighborhood. Members of an extremist ultra-Orthodox sect called the
Sikrikim attacked the buses 18 months ago because Egged refused to create
‘mehadrin’ lines to separate men and women. The High Court of Justice has
repeatedly deemed that ‘mehadrin’ lines are illegal.