Egged, the nations’ largest bus company is gearing up for Lag B’Omer, allocating hundreds of buses for transporting visitors to and from Kever Rashbi.
The special Meron service will operate from Yerushalayim, Bnei Brak and Ashdod, beginning on Thursday, erev Lag B’Omer. As Lag B’Omer is on erev Shabbos, bus service to and from Meron will halt at 13:00 on Friday.
Egged officials Gideon Mizrachi explained that while the bus company does its utmost to remain on schedule, traffic snarls, road conditions, congestion and other factors do play into the operation and usually, there are significant delays due to the volume of travelers making their way to the holy site.
From Yerushalayim, the 982 line will travel from the Tamir Hotel at 12:30 on Thursday, and it will continue until 02:00, resuming on Friday morning at 06:00, ending the operation on erev Shabbos at 13:00.
Many regular stops for the 982, particularly in chareidi neighborhoods, will be bypassed and the bus will head directly for Route 9. All the buses will travel north on Highway 6. During the Lag B’Omer operation, the 982 will not continue from Meron to Tzfas. The last Yerushalayim-Tzfas run on the 982 will be on Thursday at 09:30. Those travelers seeking to reach Tzfas should look for Egged buses in parking lot 2 in Meron. On Friday from 10:00-13:00 the regular Tzfas service will be renewed.
Seeking to limit waiting, travelers may buy tickets in advance. The advanced purchase of a roundtrip ticket will entitle the buyer to a free coupon for a bus ride in Yerushalayim to the Meron bus.
Bus service from Meron to Yerushalayim will begin on Thursday at 22:00 and continue through the night as required, ending at 13:00 Friday. Passengers returning from Meron will be dropped off along the regular 982 route bus stops as follows: Binyanei Ha’uma, Saarei Yisrael, Malchei Yisrael, Brandeis, Kiryat Belz, Bar Ilan, Golda Meir Boulevard at the corner of Sanhedria.
Transportation Ministry officials have decided that Meron parking lots 6 and 7 will be exclusively for Egged 982 line buses.
From Bnei Brak, one may travel on the 980 and from Ashdod, the 984.
For questions and inquiries, one may dial Egged nationwide information at *2800.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)