First Egged refused the push for mehadrin service on the number 2 bus in Yerushalayim, to and from the Kosel. After a private service began competing under the mehadrin platform, Egged used legal means to halt the service; pointing out to mehadrin activists they may not run a competitive line.
Seemingly unwilling to be outdone and to be defeated, the mehadrin organizers at the end of last week launched the new alternative to Egged’s number 2, offering separate seating for men and women, for free. That’s correct; the bus is operating without charging passengers, a move that mehadrin organizers insist makes the bus route legal, determined to put Egged in its place.
The move will undoubtedly leave Egged’s number 2 bus with a sharply reduced number of riders and those without a monthly pass may ride for free by opting to avail themselves of the mehadrin alternative.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)