Line 1 rides again

Bus services resume in Mea She'arim; move comes after 1.5 years of closure due to ultra-Orthodox attacks.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
December 6, 2011 14:30

Religious man riding a bus 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Salem)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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.

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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Related Content

Newseum
May 11, 2013
DC’s Newseum inclusion of Hamas media sparks debate

By MICHAEL WILNER, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT