The Transport Ministry, along with the Yerushalayim Municipality and the Moriah Development Company, have begun work on a new bus depot that will serve northern Yerushalayim. The new depot will be located near the Golda Interchange on the Menachem Begin highway, at the entrance to the Ramot neighborhood. The project will cost some NIS 350 million, and is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
As traffic in the city mounts, buses are having a harder time navigating Yerushalayim streets, and often it takes buses upwards of a half hour to travel the few kilometers from the Central Bus Station to neighborhoods in the north of the city, on their way out of town. City officials said that the new depot will ease those bottlenecks for residents of many areas of the city, and make both local and inter-city transportation faster.
The new depot will contain, among other things, spaces for 250 buses to park – allowing the city to shut down a bus parking lot at the entrance of Yerushalayim, adjacent to the Central Bus Station. That is a very valuable piece of property, but development there was considered out of the question. The new bus depot will allow Egged to free up the land for development, officials said.
Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said that “the establishment of a new Central Bus Station is another part of the transportation revolution that we are promoting. This project will greatly enhance quality of life for residents of northern Yerushalayim, and cut down travel time for many residents and visitors.”