Beginning Friday, bus riders in the Tel Aviv area who ride buses operated by the Dan company, as well as several operated by the Metropoline company, will no longer be able to pay for their rides with cash. As in Yerushalayim and Beersheva, riders will have to pay using their “Rav-Kav” cards, the”smart card” which is loaded with the fare necessary to ride the bus.
The card can be “refilled” at stores, and at machines that are placed near some bus stops. A credit card is required to refill the cards at those machines. Dan said that some buses will be equipped with machines as well, to enable passengers who were unable to get to a machine to load up their cards while on the bus. The Transportation Ministry said that it would soon install refill machines at post offices.
With the new system, passengers will be able to get on the bus from the front and back doors, with the card read and the fare collected using a scanner. Commenting on the move, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz called it “great news for bus riders in Tel Aviv and throughout the Dan region.”