Minister of Transportation Meir Sheetrit announced a drop in travel prices between Tel Aviv and Netanya, effective Monday, April 8. Prices will decrease on the 600, 601, 602, 604, 605, 650 lines between Tel Aviv and Netanya, and on the 618 between Tel Hashomer and Tel Aviv. Prices will drop 45% between Tel Aviv and Netanya, from 14.8 NIS to 8.5 NIS. Sheetrit also announced efforts to increase the frequency of buses by 10% on the lines between the two cities. 55 buses will be added, some new, and others up to four years old. Since enacting other reforms at the Ministry of Transportation, Sheetrit said, 450 new lines have started throughout Israel, and some 1500 new drivers have been hired.