This is a good news for Meron’s visitors this year: The Ministry of Transportation will operate a wide-ranging transportation system for Meron to permit getting to the tziyun of the Rashbi on Lag B’Omer, which will include special trains that will transport hundreds of thousands of persons making their way to the northern city at all hours of the day.
As part of the celebration, which will take place soon, on Lag B’Omer in Meron, trains will be operated throughout the day and night, from central train stations throughout the country.
On the evening of Lag B’Omer (Wednesday), two trains will be operated per hour, from Haifa to the Carmel Coast – Carmiel, from the afternoon hours to 1:00AM. From 1:00AM to 5:00AM on Thursday, trains will operate between stations one train per hour, in each direction.
The special trains will leave from stations in bnei Brak and Rosh Ha’ayin heading north, traveling directly to the Carmiel stop, stopping in Petach Tikvah. The trains will leave promptly at 5:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:48PM, 11:20PM, and 1:00AM. Once again, a direct train will leave from Ashdod at 6:00PM to Carmiel, with making stops on the way.
In addition, five trains will be operated directly from the Carmiel station to the Bnei Brak, Petach Tikvah (Kiryat Aryeh and Segulah) and Rosh Ha’ayin-North stations. The trains will depart on the night of Lag B’Omer (Wednesday) at 11:06PM, 1:06AM, 3:06AM, 4:10AM, and 10: 06AM on Thursday morning, and another special train will depart from Carmiel station to Ashdod Ad Halom station, without intermediate stops, leaving at 2:30AM.
On Lag B’Omer (Thursday), the frequency of the trains on the Haifa-Carmel coastline will double to two trains per hour, in each direction, at the Carmiel station. Tickets for trains will be limited to 650 seats per train.
Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz noted that in the framework of the large-scale transport operation, which is being led by the Ministry of Transport, more than ten thousand trips will be made from all over the country, through more than 2000 buses.
In addition, an extensive shuttle system will be operated for direct transportation to Meron from the following cities: Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, Betar Illit, Modi’in Illit, Bet Shemesh, Ashdod, Haifa, Netanya, Tiveria, Chatzor, Afula, Netivot and Ofakim.
Arrival at the tziyun in Meron will be carried out by dozens of buses (shuttle buses), which will be operated for the passengers of the buses from the free parking facility at Ein Hozim parking lot. Private car owners will be directed to parking lots in Carmiel, Chatzor and Tivon, following police instructions forbidding access to Meron with private vehicles. 220 buses will drive the owners of the private car and the passengers to the tziyun in Meron.
Many bus companies will be taking part in the single largest event in Israel annually, including Netiv Express, Egged, SuperBus, Afikim, Dan B’Darom, Metropolin, and Kavim.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)