No more frustrating waits at bus stops…the installation of 52 electronic smart signs at bus stops on rapid transit lines is nearing completion. The signs, installed by Moriah are connected to the Ministry of Transportation's server and will notify passengers of the arrival times of the next buses, the route numbers and their destinations, making it possible for passengers to plan their journey and know exactly how long they have to wait at the stop, and which bus to take.
The signs are installed along the rapid transit line on Hebron Rd., and on Keren Hayesod, Strauss, Yehezkiel, Shmuel Hanavi streets, Golda Meir Blvd. up to Har Hotzvim Industrial Park; at stops for buses 71, 72, 74, and 75 – and in the future, also buses 77 and 78.
The style of the new bus stops to be installed along the rapid transit routes was also been approved this week. The 52 bus stops will be similar in design to the light rail stops, for a uniform look to all 7 rapid transit lines.
Not only the rapid transit lines are being improved: Transportation Minister Israel Katz recently ordered the allocation of NIS 60 million for expansion of the network of electronic signs in Jerusalem and improvements to the bus stop shelters. To date, NIS 4.5 billion has been invested in improvements to the city’s entire transportation system. The electronic information signs are part of the transportation information revolution in Jerusalem, led by the Ministry of Transportation, the Jerusalem Municipality and Tochnit-Av Transportation, which initiated and planned the new mass transit system. The revolution is being carried out gradually and with a variety of ways: In a few days a new website will be online, with a sophisticated program for planning routes; an information application for smart phones will be completed soon; digital information stands will be installed in the central bus station; smart signs will direct cars to available parking in the city center and detailed maps of the routes and the area will be posted at all the bus stops in the city.
“Transportation in Jerusalem joins the information age,” says Nadav Meroz, CEO of the Tochnit-Av Jerusalem Transportation. "I am happy to say that י the Transportation Ministry, Jerusalem municipality and Moriah have risen to the challenge and invested the necessary effort and money in the information project and the rapid transit stops. Today it is already obvious that efficient transportation must be accompanied by readily-available information that is easily accessible for passengers. There is no doubt that information makes the use of public transportation comfortable and suitable for everyone, including many who have refrained from using public transportation until now, said Meroz
The electronic information signs and the bus stops were planned by a special team at Tochnit-Av Jerusalem Transportation: Tami Rosenberg-Zadok, head of information and technology, Karen Bloch, head architect, and architect Kenny Segal of Public Zone, who also designed the city’s light rail stops. The stops and the signs are installed by Moriah, Jerusalem's municipal development company.
Date Published: 30.08.11