The ’15 Minutes’ organization published the results of its study which addresses the quality of public transportation in Israel. It is believed to be the first study of its kind. According to the report’s findings, published by Nana News, the government’s funding of public transportation is not logical and it is influenced by sectoral pressure and not by population size, density and need.
The study shows that for anyone living in Israel without a vehicle, it is worthwhile being chareidi, citing the three cities in which one has a chance of boarding a bus within 15 minutes are Betar Illit, Modi’in Illit and Bnei Brak. The findings of the study are likely to result in an increase in disdain for chareidim.
Of the 103 communities included in the study, the residents of Tel Monde are the least likely to see a bus within 15 minutes. The same situation exists in Binyamina, Givat Ada as well. Ahead of them in the study are Dir Chanan, Oranit, Kfar Kassam, Ramat Yishai, Beit Shean, Beit Dagan and Eilat, with the latter ranking number 95.
The organization feels, as its name implies, 15 minutes is a reasonable waiting time for a bus. For most Israelis this is a dream that will not come true. This is especially true in outlying areas which the study reports includes cities such as Eilat, Ashkelon and Kiryat Shmona.
The study concludes many or most residents are limited in their ability to become mobile by the fact bus service is not up to snuff.
“The Government of Israel does not invest in public transportation and creates large gaps between communities in Israel. The result is residents are limited in their ability to travel for employment or services and thereby perpetuates the gap between those taking public transport and those who and afford travel by private vehicle.”
Those involved in the study feel that residents capable of organizing and applying pressure, using chareidim as an example, receive improved service.
The report cites that densely populated areas with a high potential for using public transportation do not receive service as areas with far less dense a population.
The top ten in the study from best down are:
1. Betar Illit
2. Modi’in Illit
3. Bnei Brak
4. Bat Yam
5. Tel Aviv-Yaffo
7. Ramat Gan
8. Upper Nazareth
10. Beit Shemesh
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)