Municipal Transportation Vision

In the coming years, the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo will develop a new and sustainable system of transport, which will be a good alternative to the private car. The system will provide the city's residents and visitors with a variety of transportation alternatives for safe, fast, convenient, cheap, and healthy mobility.

The new transportation system will include a light rail, metro, highways and the Israel Railways (for those coming from outside the city), electric buses, public transportation on demand, shuttles, and taxis. In addition, Personal Transportation Vehicles such as bicycles, scooters and of course improved walking conditions in the city for short and medium distances.The private car will continue to be a convenient and efficient alternative for some residents, but the scope of its use will be significantly reduced.

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The Municipal Strategy

Efficient transportation is a tool that can be used to achieve the ultimate goal of mobility, equal access to different places and new opportunities: for employment, encounters between people, for recreation and leisure. In this sense, the municipality's vision for sustainable transportation sees the ability to move around the city as one of the services that should be provided to the city's residents, and not a result of owning a private vehicle.

Our mission as a municipality and as residents in the coming years is to "reverse the pyramid": Above all - pedestrians in urban spaces are the first in importance. Alongside them, those who choose to move around the city by personal and shared vehicles (bicycles and scooters) and public and shared transport passengers, followed by motorcyclists and commercial distribution vehicles (important for the city's commercial activity), and finally - the private car

Why are pedestrians at the top of the pyramid?
-In the end, we are all pedestrians. We all use the sidewalk and move from place to place for short and long distances.
-The investment in wide and vacant sidewalks is an investment in populations that cannot move in another way, such as the elderly, parents with prams, children, and people with disabilities.
-While walking on the street we experience the city in the best way - we hold social gatherings and shop in a variety of shops
-Walking is the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly means of mobility.
- Pedestrian traffic increases the sense of security on the street.
-Pedestrians are the most vulnerable "road users". To maintain pedestrian safety, it is important to invest in the infrastructure of wide and open sidewalks, and in creating areas where pedestrians have priority over other road users

Global experience shows that cities that have found alternative means of transportation for the private car (e.g. cities of northwestern Europe) enjoy vibrant and accessible urban life, and strong community, cultural and economic ties. In contrast, cities that have remained dependent on the private car as a major means of transportation, such as many cities in the United States, suffer from air pollution, traffic jams, and population migration to the surrounding suburbs.

Main Goals

In order to implement the Tel Aviv-Yafo vision of transportation, to prioritize sustainable transportation over the private car, the main goal is that most of the travel in the city will be done by public and personal transportation. The private car will not disappear, but fewer people will use it for casual rides in the city.

Today, about 20% of the city's area is allocated to transportation infrastructure, with 70% of that space allocated to private vehicles and only about 4% allocated to bicycle paths and public transportation infrastructure (preference routes and terminals). By allocating relatively small areas in the public space for pedestrians, cyclists, and for public transportation routes - it is possible to double the number of people who choose to use these options to move in the city.

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is working to change the division of the public space.

Mass Transit System - Light Rail

The government of the State of Israel, through NTA and in cooperation with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, is currently establishing three light rail lines that will operate in the city from 2022 and will provide high-standard public transportation for the state's citizens and visitors.

The light rail network is expected to be fully operational in 2027 and will connect the cities of Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Herzliya, Petah Tikva, Givat Shmuel, Kiryat Ono, Yehud-Monson, Or Yehuda, Bnei Brak, Bat Yam, Holon and Rishon Lezion to Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Light Rail Lines

The Red Line
will pass through the busiest areas in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and will serve the largest number of passengers compared to the lines that will be established later.
The length of the Red Line is 24 km, of which 12 km is in a tunnel that will be dug underground, from Elifelet Street in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood to Shenkar Street in Petah Tikva near the Geha Interchange. The Red Line will have a total of 34 stations: 24 at ground level and 10 underground.

The Green Line will pass between the northern end of Har Zion Street (Levinsky Garden) and the north of Ibn Gvirol Street at the junction with Nordau Boulevard.
The line connects the southern parts of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area (Holon and Rishon Lezion) with the northern parts (Herzliya) through Tel Aviv, and allows access to employment centers in Ramat Hachayal, Tel Aviv University, Holon, Rishon Lezion and Herzliya Pituach.
The length of the line is about 39 km, and there will be 62 stations along it, including 4 underground stations in the city center: Karlebach, Dizengoff, Rabin Square and Arlozorov.

The Green Line has several encounters with the other lines of the light rail: with the Purple Line at the Levinsky station and at the Arlozorov station (in Tel Aviv); the Red Line at the Karlebach station (in Tel Aviv); and Israel Railways at Moshe Dayan Station in Rishon LeZion, Holon Junction and Tel Aviv University Station.

The Purple Line is planned to connect the eastern areas of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area to the city center and will pass entirely at ground level. The total length of the line is expected to be about 27 km, it intersects with the green and red lines and is connected to two stations of the Israel Railways.
The line consists of a central route that begins at the Savidor train station and continues through the streets: Arlozorov, Ben-Yehuda, Allenby, Aliya, Lewinsky, Haganah, Derech Hashalom (Tel Aviv), Derech Aluf Sadeh (Givatayim-Ramat Gan), Aluf Sadeh and Sheba Interchange.

From the Sheba Medical Center area, the line splits into two arms:
The northern one - you will pass through Rafael Eitan (Ramat Gan), Katzir (Kiryat Ono) streets, crossing Road 471, Anna and Max Webb (Ramat Gan) along Bar Ilan University and Jabotinsky St. (Givat Shmuel).

The southern one - beginning in the area of the center of Sheba Hospital, continuing on Road 4612 planned to Road 461 (Lod Road), heading east along Road 461 in the area of Or Yehuda and Yehud-Monosson to the end of the road on Road 40, Bnei Atarot Junction (planned HaTayasim Interchange)

Photo Credits: Kfir Sivan, NTA
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