Central Bus Station Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

YERUSHALAYIM -

The central bus station in Yerushalayim could be hazardous to your health.

The terminal doesn’t have a giant warning label with skull and crossbones yet, but it may be getting there, after the Environment Ministry said on Thursday that passengers lining up for buses there are exposed to high levels of pollution.

The levels of carbon monoxide in the area, mostly from the diesel engines in the buses, are unhealthy and must be reduced, the Ministry informed the Health Ministry, the municipality, the station’s ownership and the Egged bus cooperative.

This was presumably not news to them, since last year the building was fined 708,224 shekels for air pollution, though the case remains in litigation.

In any case, the Health Ministry and the Yerushalayim Municipality claimed it was not their responsibility, and that the Environment Ministry was in charge of it.

In the meantime, the Environment Ministry issued a public warning that travelers should not spend more time than necessary in the capital’s central bus station.