New Housing, Transportation Hubs for Bnei Brak

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View of Bnei Brak. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Bnei Brak has the highest rate of public transportation use in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, and to better serve the area, the Transportation Ministry will build a new central bus station in the city. The three-story building will be built on a plot of 12 dunams close to the Geha Junction, at the eastern end of Bnei Brak, near Jabotinsky Street and Road 4.

The bus station will be one of nine new bus stations that will be built in Bnei Brak over the next five years to speed up bus transport in the city. The stations will be strategically placed around the edges of the city, with the purpose of removing inter-city buses from the center of the city. Commuters who come to Bnei Brak from other cities will be dropped off at one of the stations, and take local buses to their destinations.

The new stations will serve a growing population. Crowded as it is, Bnei Brak is set to grow significantly, with 10,000 new housing units to be built in the city. Along with the homes, approximately 1.5 million square meters of space will be developed for business and industry, and 200 dunams will be allocated for open space.

Two thousand of those new homes will be built in a new neighborhood in one of the few areas of Bnei Brak with open spaces, located near Yarkon Park. The others will be built on lots that are currently undeveloped throughout the town, as well as part of urban renewal projects. Unlike other cities, Bnei Brak has a limited supply of land – with a total of 7,800 dunams. The city’s current population is 185,000. The plan will see the population of Bnei Brak grow to 230,000 in the next decade.

Along with the homes, the Planning Board allocated space for schools and community centers. Taking into account Bnei Brak’s unique needs and its crowded footprint, the Board said that it saw the development plan as an opportunity to “integrate public institutions, residences and businesses in a unique mix” that will “enhance its economic growth and status as the premier chareidi city in Israel.”