Cars to be barred from J’lem’s Old City

Starting next month, private cars will be prohibited from entering Jerusalem’s Old City via Jaffa Gate.

By ABE SELIG
May 28, 2010 04:34
Cars to be barred from J’lem’s Old City

old city lit up 29888. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Beginning next month, private cars will be prohibited from entering Jerusalem’s Old City via Jaffa Gate between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., the municipality announced this week. The restriction goes into effect June 6,

and is aimed at curbing traffic jams, noise and pollution within the Old City walls, while improving accessibility to sites in the area for visitors. Residents of the Old City and vehicles transporting the disabled will be exempt from the new regulations.

“This is the most important historical site in the world,” Mayor Nir Barkat said of the Old City, while discussing the new plan earlier this week.
“We must preserve and protect it, and help it stay beautiful, clean and accessible to everyone,” he added. “I'm glad the Jerusalem Municipality was able to formulate this plan, which will improve access to the public, and of course Old City residents.” City officials are encouraging visitors to the area to use a new “park and ride” program, via the No. 38 Egged bus, which will transport people through the Old City from parking lots located outside the walls.

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