Monday morning is the first day of the five-day Muslim holiday of the Feast of the Sacrifice. This year, the holiday coincides with the first day of ‘bein hazmanim’ when so many persons and families are traveling, many of them dependent on public transportation.
According to estimates, 40% on the nation’s bus drivers are Muslims who observe the holiday, and as a result, they will not be reporting for work and this will result in the cancelation of tens of thousands of scheduled bus trips nationwide because bus companies will not succeed in replacing them. Most of the canceled buses will be in the periphery areas in the north and south, as the Metropolin Company in the north and Dan in the south will have to announce the cancelation of many buses during the holiday.
Egged will be canceling 20,000 trips during the holiday and the Kavim Company, which is responsible for bus service in Modi’in Illit, will cancel 15,000 trips. SuperBus will cancel 5,000 trips and Metropolin will cancel 10,000. Dan will be canceling 3.500 trips in southern areas.
Traveling are urged to check schedules with the various bus companies in the coming days, especially those traveling with small children.
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The Ministry of Transportation announced it is in contact with the public bus companies towards minimizing damage to the public transport system as drivers are observing the holiday. Passengers are urged to remain up to date regarding the routes, and one may call *8787 for information regarding changes during the coming days.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)