Bus lane 1 away from Sha’ar Hagai to launch Million Plan

Transport Minister Merav Michaeli’s “Million Plan”, approved by the Israeli cabinet this week, introduces a public transport lane on route 1 between the Sha’ar Hagai Interchange and the Tel Aviv entrance. The Road 1 bus lane will connect to the existing fast lane and bus lane of Ben Gurion Airport and the planned fast lanes on Ayalon Highway, thus guaranteeing bus lanes for Tel Aviv as agreed with the municipality.

On the other hand, it may be more difficult to make progress with the plan in other cities, which will be reluctant to go ahead with it before the November 2023 municipal elections.

The “Million Plan” aims to reduce car traffic by 1 million trips per day, out of 12 million trips, within a year. The main element of the plan is the use of 120 kilometers of public transport and carpool lanes (cars with three or more passengers) by converting existing lanes, i.e. reducing the number of lanes for cars, with only one driver and one passenger. 70 kilometers of such lanes were already planned before being expanded into the “Million Plan”

This costs only 150 million NIS and saves years of planning, legal measures, expropriations and construction.

Work on the public transit lane from Sha’ar Hagai Interchange on route 1 is likely to begin in the coming weeks.

At the same time, the new high-speed routes from Shefayim to Tel Aviv and from Rishon Lezion to Tel Aviv, being built by Netivei Ayalon, are ahead of schedule as the stretch between North Tel Aviv and the Hashalom Interchange is nearing completion. This will be an extra lane for public transport and a toll for cars, similar to the existing Shappirim to Tel Aviv fast lane on route 1.

The fastlane network will not be fully ready before 2025, but before that, some sections of the new lanes will be open for use by public transport.

Enforcement of the new public transport lanes will be in the hands of a new Israeli police unit that will be set up within 120 days with police on motorcycles. While it’s easy to spot cars in public transit lanes, the carpool element makes it more complex to run cars without enough passengers.

Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on June 30, 2022.

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