Bnei Brak roads to be closed to private traffic

To combat the stand-still traffic in the central haredi city, local officials have revealed a plan to turn the main roads into HOV lanes.

Rachel Kaplan ,

Bnei Brak
Bnei Brak
Flash 90

Last night, after years of discussions over the shortage of public transportation in Bnei Brak, the local municipality passed a plan to turn the major roads of the city into high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, especially for the use of buses.

The plan deals with the streets Rabbi Akiva and Harav Kahanman, which will become (HOV) lanes in their main areas.

The change comes in wake of a Knesset discussion six months ago over the transportation crisis in Bnei Brak. During the discussion, the head of public transportation planning for the Ministry of Transport, Gabi Navon, presented the facts: Bnei Brak is packed with 194,000 residents, and is a central hub for haredi traffic from all over the country.

Navon explained: "In the city, some 16,500 residents are employed, and as well as some 20,000 people who travel there, mostly, from nearby cities. There is also there a commercial and office district, which draws a lot of visitors."

He continued, "All these bring to the city a mass of public transportation...around 6,200 buses travel through, 162 bus lines from every corner of the land, from Tsfat (Safed) in the north to Dimona in the south, and to many cities in the center of the country. Similarly, there are around 40,000 intra-city trips daily."

The meeting, run by the Knesset Public Petitions Committee, established a team of representatives from the Bnei Brak municipality and the Ministry of Transport, which collaborated with the police. and public transport companies operating in the city, to find a solution for the traffic clog.