dan bus 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
While Jerusalemites got their first serious look at their light rail on Monday,
Tel Avivians had to settle for a much humbler transportation
Monday saw the implementation of the first phase of the
city’s public transportation reorganization plan, featuring two new bus lines
and a rerouting and rescheduling of four existing ones. Many of the changes take
buses off smaller side streets to reduce noise, pollution and traffic jams in
The new routes are No. 37 and No. 38. Both routes will be
served by minibuses and serve as feeder lines for the city’s main public
Route 37 will link the residents of the Ajami
neighborhood in Jaffa to Wolfson Hospital, central Jaffa and the Carmel
The bus will depart from Ajami at 20-minute
Route 38 will serve the residents of Ramat Gan and Givatayim,
connecting them to the Givatayim Mall, the Ayalon Mall, the Tel Aviv Stock
Exchange and the central train station. It too will depart at 15- 20 minute
Minibuses will also take the place of regular buses on Route 6
to Tel Aviv’s northern neighborhoods.
The minibuses will leave at
five-minute intervals and take the place of buses operating on Route 6 and Route
Route 10, which runs from Bat Yam to Tel Aviv will remain the same,
but its departure frequency is scheduled to rise substantially.
also linking Bat Yam to Tel Aviv, is changing course and instead of entering
residential neighborhoods, will travel along the main throughways of King David
Boulevard and King George Street. King George Street will, from now, be a
Route 25, traditionally one of the
busiest north-south routes in the city, will be extended and given a new
auxiliary route (125) to better serve the passengers; its frequency will
increase as well.
According to the Transportation Ministry the changes
are meant to increase efficiency and improve service by cutting waiting times,
making the routes more direct, increasing accessibility to the northwestern
neighborhoods and introducing new services to the residents of
Monday’s changes are the first phase of a five-part plan that has
been long awaited.
With no signs of a local rail system anytime in the
near future, residents are willing to try anything that will improve public
transportation in the city.
Environmental organization Green Course
expressed dissatisfaction with the scope of the changes.
of the reorganization plan is somewhat bizarre as it fails to mention the terms
‘transportation master plan,’ or ‘reform’ as you might expect of a plan of this
order of significance. It appears that they decided to add a few routes and
nothing more,” the group’s spokeswoman said.
“Moreover the plan’s
schedule hasn’t been published. We don’t know when the more substantial second
phase will begin or where additional public transport lanes will be
The Transportation Ministry has chosen to keep these points in the
dark and it raises questions as to its level of commitment to the real public
transportation revolution that is needed in the region,” she said.