The new NTAZ. "Light rail can only be enjoyed after 10 years of construction, NTAZ sections much earlier" (Photo: Lavi aerial photography)
After three years of work and another five years of preparations, the new public transportation route will open tomorrow morning on Weitzman Street in Kfar-Saba.
1.5 km in total, two-way, so it can also be counted as 3 km, between the 55/40 intersection and the Valley Street.
The upgraded lane includes priority lanes for public transportation and a safety bike path, wide and separated from car and pedestrian traffic.
Along the upgraded street route, 17 advanced bus stops have been placed that include electronic signage that updates passengers on bus arrival times in real time, touch screens, cell phone charging stations, a shade shed for summer and winter days and full accessibility.
Even the Minister of Transportation Miri Regev, who when she entered the office actually ordered to re-examine the necessity of the traffic lights, and severely damaged the functioning of the traffic lights on road number 1 when she also allowed vehicles with one passenger to travel on it during the morning rush hour, suddenly sounded a little different.
"There is only one way to get out of the traffic jams, and that is to switch to public transportation and leave your private car at home or at a Hana Vesa," said Regev.
"We are working in many ways to improve public transportation service, so that it becomes an attractive alternative to the private car. One of them is the allocation of exclusive bus lanes, with the goal of doubling the number of kilometers of existing preferential routes, by 2027. As part of the 'Fast to the City' project, we are paving a network of "Zim and bicycle paths throughout the Dan metropolis, and I am happy to inaugurate today another important section of the plan on the main street of Kfar Saba."
The CEO of Netibi Ayalon Company, Orly Stern, who was entrusted with the project, concluded: "Thanks to the project, from now on the city's residents will be able to choose convenient, efficient, traffic-avoiding and more advanced public transportation."
The map of the new National Museum
The map of the new National Park in Kfar Saba (photo: Natibi Ayalon)
But after the speeches and the cuts of the films, to what extent does 1.5 km of NATZ double the lives of passengers and bus drivers?
Nir Eyal, the chief engineer of Ayalon routes, explains that "70 buses pass through this section per hour, from lines 500 from Sharon to Herzliya, line 29 from the east of Kfar Saba through Ra'anana to Herzliya, and 149 from Weizman to Tel Aviv."
By how much would such a section shorten travel times on the highway?
"Today, buses do this section during rush hour at about 12 km/h, with the highway the speed will double to 24 km/h. This is a saving of a few minutes in each direction, which also will shorten the travel times in both directions and will also contribute to the reliability and accuracy of the buses further down the road. This transit system will be integrated into a complete system of routes that together will provide an even greater contribution to transit users. This is the advantage of building such routes. Light rail is paved for ten years and only then is it possible to enjoy it. Nets are built and opened in stages, and you can enjoy each of them as soon as it is ready,
Public transportation route