Looking for a faster way to get to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem every day? Instead of being stuck in the daily traffic jam, a daily routine for drivers coming from both Israel’s capital and the bedroom communities of Modiin and Beit Shemesh, why not try the fast lane?
It’s now possible to take the new “fast lane” which will enable those traveling on it to reach the main traffic artery of Tel Aviv, the Ayalon Freeway, in only 11 minutes instead of commuter times of up to two hours. The new 13 km stretch will actually be a toll road to cars with less than 4 passengers. Busses and cars with at least four passengers will get to use it for free.
According to estimates in the Marker, between 1,600 to 2,000 cars an hour are forecast to use the lane during busy times. The toll is expected to be between NIS 17 and NIS 20 during rush hour. When the measured speed will drop to below 70p km per hour, the toll cost will increase, due to more cars using the lane. How will this impact the environment?
The “fast lane”
The whole idea of this new lane is to reduce traffic flow into Israel’s largest city,while at the same time making it more convenient to get into the city that never sleeps.
Commuters will have to option to park their cars in parking lots at the beginning of the new lane and from there take special free commuter shuttle buses into the city.
The idea is to save both on the amount of cars going into Tel Aviv daily on Highway One, as well as reduce the amount of fuel used and be less polluting to the environment.
Special lanes to reduce traffic flow into Tel Aviv is not new, and numerous plans have been in the works, including a plan already in effect to ban trucks coming into Tel Aviv between the hours of 6 and 9 a.m.
Another plan, involving the construction of a light rail line, similar to the one now being built in Jerusalem, has been in the planning stage for years, and involves a number of proposed rail lines going into and through the city.
But perhaps an even idea better idea for reducing the amount of air pollution on the roads going into Tel Aviv could be the use of electric powered vehicles and other less polluting types of cars. The year 2011 is supposed to see the beginning of electric cars being driven on the roads in Israel, thanks to the efforts being made by Shai Agassi’s Better Place company.
Taking this in mind, maybe building a special lane for the exclusive use of electric powered vehicles might be an even better idea than the new fast lane entering Tel Aviv from Highway One. Or rent a van (van locator online) so you can commute in bulk with all your pals.
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