Transport minister seeks to add West Bank to public transit reform

The Transportation Ministry said it was quickly preparing the additions to the plan that would include the West Bank and Galilee Towns.

By
January 26, 2016 22:06
1 minute read.
Public transportation

Public transportation. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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

Almost a month after transportation reforms went into effect, Transportation Minister Israel Katz expressed dismay on Tuesday that towns over the Green Line and in the Galilee were not included in the plan.

Katz turned to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon in an effort to get those communities included.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“It is unacceptable that two areas of the country that already suffer from being far from population centers are left out of the plan and are excluded from reforms that are supposed to encourage further use of public transportation,” Katz said, adding that the exclusion adds to the problems facing travelers in Judea and Samaria, where there are already many security problems on the roads.

The Transportation Ministry said it was quickly preparing the additions to the plan that would include the regions in question. The next step is for the additions to get approval from both Kahlon and Katz.

On Tuesday, the Transportation Ministry announced the addition of Kiryat Gat to the transportation reform map as part of the Dan region, saying it will go into effect on February 1, following a complaint from Likud MK Miki Zohar, who lives in the city.

A monthly transportation pass for traveling between Kiryat Gat and Tel Aviv will cost NIS 423 instead of NIS 495. Meanwhile, the cost of a monthly pass between Kiryat Gat and Beersheba will be lowered to NIS 354, from NIS 415.

The overall Transportation Ministry reform went into effect on January 1 and enabled Rav-Kav multi-fare cardholders to take advantage of new subscriptions that integrate various modes of travel, offering discounted packages based on designated destination zones.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Since then, passengers have been able to purchase daily, weekly and monthly passes at reduced costs within the Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and Beersheba metropolitan areas, with the ministry hoping to increase system flexibility that will encourage travelers to choose public transportation over their private cars.

Sharon Udasin contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A SCENE from ‘Return of the Hero’ with Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent
November 13, 2018
Funny in French

By HANNAH BROWN