Drivers shun toll road on day of first test

Drivers say new toll road which opened last week caused a bottleneck for incoming traffic to TA, making the regular gridlock even worse.

By RON FRIEDMAN
January 9, 2011 18:49
1 minute read.
Traffic (Illustratory)

TA traffic_311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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

Sunday was a disappointing day for the new toll lane at the entrance to Tel Aviv, which officially opened on Friday, but experienced its first real test with major traffic on Sunday.

Despite a capacity to service 1,500 vehicles per hour, the new road carried only 900 vehicles during morning rush hour and mere dozens took advantage of the Park and Go shuttle service. Prices for travel on the toll ranged from NIS 6-8.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
New, fast toll road into Tel Aviv opens
There’s light at the end of the Carmel Tunnels


While the toll lane, which stretches for 13 kilometers, between the Ben-Gurion and Kibbutz Galuyot interchanges, was for the most part empty, with travel time measured at seven minutes, travelers on Highway 1, the public road leading into the city from the east and the south, experienced aboveaverage volume and slowerthan- usual travel speeds.

Drivers complained that the toll road, which takes up a whole lane at the entrance to Tel Aviv, caused a bottleneck for incoming traffic, making the regular gridlock even worse.

One of the purported reasons for construction of the lane was that it would relieve Highway 1 of much of the daily commuters, who would choose to pay for fast access to the city. The toll is differential, with the price increasing depending on the volume of traffic on Highway 1. Estimates are that prices will fluctuate between NIS 6, during off-peak house, and NIS 25, during the morning rush hour.

Accountant-General Shuki Oren announced on Sunday that public officials would not be allowed to pay for use of the new toll lane out of the Treasury coffers. Oren said that the new lane was meant to provide a route for public transportation and encourage car-pooling and that state employees had to lead by example.



Public officials who contravened the instruction would be forced to reimburse the state for the use and would face disciplinary actions, he said.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD