The Ministry of Transport plans to expand the dedicated travel lane with more than one passenger

by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Oct 6, 2019

The Ministry of Transport plans to expand at least five collaborative lanes in the Gush Dan area. Residents in Netanya intend to demonstrate and even block roads in protest of heavy loads on exits to the coastal road.

The Ministry of Transport has started friday operating a dedicated travel lane for private cars that travel more than one passenger. The project was announced three weeks ago under the name "Path Plus", under which Route 2 was specially trained for a 22-kilometer route, between the Netanya interchange and the Galilee interchange, in both directions, where public transport and vehicles with at least two passengers (driver and passenger) will be allowed. At the same time, on Route 20, a special route for public transport and private vehicles with at least three passengers (driver and two passengers) was trained, in the section between the Ayalon interchange and the Kibbutz Galuyot interchange to the north only.
The logic behind the move is to utilize a benefit that existed in the express lane at the entrance to Tel Aviv, where a vehicle that carries additional passengers ("Carpool") is exempt from a fee. In the present case there is no toll, but a vehicle that will take some passengers with it should also reduce the load on the road and also allow passengers quick access to Tel Aviv through preference for traffic routes. The project is being promoted through the Ayalon route company.
The Ministry of Transport data shows that the average number of passengers in private vehicles in Israel currently stands at 1.2 passengers per vehicle. Increasing passenger occupancy in vehicles can significantly improve tens of percent of average travel speed and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. Enforcement of the new lanes will be carried out by the Israel Police Traffic Division's motorcycle unit. In the first month of implementation of the plan, warning reports will be given to drivers traveling the lane for the first time without the required number of passengers. Drivers caught in this offense a second time or after the first month will receive fines.
Director-General of the Ministry of Transport Karen Turner-Eyal added that the new venture "requires patience and we believe that the change in the behavior of all of us is necessary. Obviously, this is not an easy move, but we must offer a quick alternative to passenger and public transport. "
At the same time, the Jerusalem Municipality is promoting a similar project with a public transport route on Golda Road. The project will be about 3 km in length, from the Mintz junction - EZG - which is the northern junction of Ramot, to Golda Meir - Sderot Begin in only one direction from north to south. This route, for the first time in Jerusalem, will also travel to private vehicles, including three passengers and above, similar to the highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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