Friday, August 08, 2008

Jerusalem Bus Detours

7 of the Fifth Month 5768

In case anyone hasn't noticed, traffic has been getting worse in Jerusalem. Work on the Light Rail section on Yaffo Street has caused a lot of people, including yours truly, a lot of inconvenience.

Get used to it. Remember, when the Light Rail starts operating in 2010 (I'll believe it when I see it), Yaffo Street will be closed to all but foot and train traffic. Hopefully there will a contingency in place for emergency vehicles. But I digress...

Egged buses have been detoured, which means two things...

1. If you're crossing Yaffo Street on the bus from the north (no. 4, 22, 30), and just need to get to the center of town, get out and walk. You'll get there faster than the bus.

2. Give yourself an extra 20 to 30 minutes to get to your final destination. No, I'm not joking.

Egged Detour Map

All of the buses running along the section of Yaffo Street between the shuq and Kikar Safra (City Hall) still get to where they're going,...eventually. In the event map above, to enlarge.

If you can't [yet] read Hebrew, know that the yellow-colored strip is Yaffo Street. The white strip cutting through Yaffo Street is Strauss to the north, and King George to the south. The street running parallel to Yaffo Street above is HaNevi'im (ie. not Malkhei Yisra'el).

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Click below for:
Egged's Comprehensive Hebrew Site

Egged's English Site
, including a time table search I prefer over the one on the Hebrew site.

Egged's Russin Site

2 comments:

Leora said...

When we were in Jerusalem earlier this summer, we had a hard time getting bus information. A friend who lives there tried to find out what bus we should take to get to his neighborhood. It wasn't easy to figure it out.

By day 3 of our visit, we had figured out a lot, but that's because my husband, who used to live in Jerusalem, is very inquisitive and didn't give up.

My point is this: someone could make a lot of money posting this information to a website, especially one geared toward tourists. See the Boston area's website for an example.
One would make money with ads, I suppose.

Ben-Yehudah said...

B"H

That reminds me.

It's only proper that I put a link Eged's site.

The English isn't as comprehensive, but I prefer its timetable search set up.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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