After calls for police and Egged to act to prevent the annual horror show, the severe overcrowding on buses to and from the Kosel during Sukkos, Jerusalem police promise the situation will not repeat itself this year, Sukkos 5774.
MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev made an appeal to both police and Egged, urging them to plan for the large tzibur that will be visiting the Kosel during chol hamoed and to avoid the dangerous, illegal and unacceptable overcrowding that exists on buses.
Officials assigned to the Jerusalem Police Traffic Enforcement Unit promise that they will work with Egged inspectors to limit the number of passengers on accordion buses to 80. One can only hope that Egged will add a sufficient number of buses to accommodate the many passengers to avoid excessive waiting time for mispallalim heading to and from the Old City.
In a related matter, officials of the Jerusalem light rail warn that one can expect trains to be severely crowded during chol hamoed despite the fact they will be significantly increasing the frequency of trains running the line during Yomtov.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)