Netiv Plus Lane Opens on Route 1 for Buses and Carpools


View of Highway 1, the main Tel Aviv-Yerushalayim Road. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

The Netiv Plus lane on Route 1 from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, opened Friday from the Daniel interchange (near Lod) all the way to the entrance to the Harel Tunnel, near Mevaseret Zion – a distance of 26 kilometers (16 miles).

The new lane opened on Route 1 Eastbound (towards Yerushalayim) for public transport and carpools (driver with at least two passengers) which will bypass the traffic jams and shorten the travel time to the capital.

The new route will serve tens of thousands of passengers on public transport, and thousands more users who will travel together in carpools.

Netiv Plus, will only operate during rush hour in the mornings (when truck traffic is prohibited in the section), on Sundays through Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for Erev Shabbos traffic. During the rest of the day, the lane will be open for travel to all road users.

The Israel Police will only begin enforcement of the rules after the completion of the work. Driving on “Netiv Plus” illegally during the specified hours will result in a fine of NIS 500 ($150).

“Netiv Plus” on Route1 is part of the “Million Plan,” initiated by the outgoing Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, and was unanimously approved by the government in June. The new lane is part of plans to improve transportation to the capital, in parallel with the opening of Highway 16, which serves as an additional entrance route to the neighborhoods of South and West Yerushalayim.

The Ministry of Transport aims to reduce the number of cars on the roads, in order to ease traffic congestion. They offer a variety of efficient and fast alternatives to private vehicles when traveling to Yerushalayim.

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