The Knesset approved second and third readings prepared by the Ministry of transport’s reform of the taxi, which, among other things, should significantly increase the availability of public transport on Saturdays.
Reform will affect 117 new and upgraded routes in 23 «transport areas» across the country, four of which are new — Eilat, Bichat-Holon — bat Yam and the area of Judea and Samaria.
After the implementation of reform the number of taxis will increase by 300%, on new and old routes will run 2.400 minibuses.
After the introduction of reforms to pay the fare in the taxi you can use the «Rav-KAV». It will also allow passengers to receive discounts and travel benefits, as is happening today in public transport.
With the use of government-subsidized travel card can be used only on weekdays. On Saturday, a taxi will work, but to pay the fare they would have without state subsidies.
In addition, it is planned to use GPS to track the movement of buses. This will allow passengers in real time to obtain information about the approaching bus stop.
To protect the rights of existing operators taxis, large companies can only participate in tenders for those areas in which they do not act as operators of other modes of public transport.
In the center of the country’s planned new 63 route. It is expected that they will pass through the following locations: tel Aviv — Jaffa, Rehovot, Yavne, Mazkeret Batya, Kiryat gat, Rishon LeZion, be’er Yaakov, Petah Tikva, Rosh haayin, Holon — bat Yam, Yehud — Monson, Or-Yehuda, Kiryat Ono, Givat Shmuel, Petah Tikva, Ramle-Lod, Modiin, Netanya, even Yehuda, Kfar Yona, Netanya, Kfar Saba, RA’anana and Hod HaSharon. Also planned routes connecting the Central settlements with a airport of a name Ben-Gurion.
Planned 23 new route on the North of the country: the district of Haifa and the Krayot, Akko — Nahariya, Hadera and Afula, Tiberias, Nazareth, Nazareth Illit and the surrounding area.
Including the planned 14 new lines in our area. This transportation districts of Beersheba and the southern Negev including Rahat, Dimona, Sderot, Ofakim, Netivot and Kiryat gat, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Eilat.
The reform entails the establishment of 12 new routes in the Jerusalem area and 3 in the area of Judea and Samaria. 9 urban and regional routes in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and surrounding area, 3 intercity route linking Jerusalem and tel Aviv and 3 extra routes inside of Judea and Samaria, which will serve Ariel, the settlements of gush Etzion and the West Bank.