38 bus jlem 311.
(photo credit: Sarah Levin)
Egged announced on Sunday that it was extending its night bus service to
coincide with the beginning of summer vacation for high school students on June
Night buses are mainly for partygoers, with routes to and from major
entertainment districts. The project was first offered last year in major cities
and proved to be quite successful.
This summer, the bus cooperative will
offer a thousand weekly departures throughout the country, with new
in places such as Rishon Lezion, Holon, Rehovot, Nes Ziona, Mevaseret
Ma’aleh Adumim, Kiryat Bialik, Hod Hasharon, Modi’in, Netanya and Eilat.
buses will operate from midnight to 3:30 a.m.
“The expansion of the night
bus service is part of Egged’s commitment to the national battle against
accidents,” said its chairman, Gideon Mizrachi.
“Night bus services
assist in reducing accidents caused by young and inexperienced drivers,
driving and driving under conditions of extreme fatigue.
I call on young
people to go out and enjoy themselves, but to leave the wheel in Egged’s
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that in light of the
service’s part success, his office had decided to institutionalize and
to additional cities at a cost of NIS 10 million.
This year, seven other
public transportation operators will join Egged, bringing the service to
of 33 locales across the country. More than half a million teenagers are
expected to use the buses.