Daily Israel Report
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  12/11/2012, Kislev 27, 5773

MKs Demand Improvements to Jerusalem Light Rail


The Ministry of Transportation will work to improve the various deficiencies in private and public transport throughout the country. A meeting with the Ministry of Transportation and Member of Kneset Uri Maklev took place on Tuesday. Transportation Ministry Director General Uzi Yitzhaki attended the meeting as did senior ministry officials.

Among the issues discussed were stiff fines and inappropriate behavior by Jerusalem Light rail ticket inspectors. MK Maklev suggested vast improvements in the new Rav Kav card including revising the system of charging the card and transferring from a bus to the light rail. He was also opposed to raising the price of a bus ticket which has occurred every year on January 1st for the past several years.

The Transporation Ministry has pour millions into improving public facilities, but complaints have still been coming in. This year the Egged bus system eliminated and changed numerous bus lines in Jerusalem. Over the past several years numerous downtown streets have been closed and made pedestrian-only.

Also, complaints have been issued against the company that runs the light rail accusing them of signed a "non-competition" clause which would mean there will be no alternative bus route to get to a destination.