Park and Ride lots approved to accompany Tel Aviv area light rail construction

The National Council for Planning and Building approved the establishment on Tuesday of “Park and Ride” lots in the Tel Aviv metropolitan region to accompany the construction works on the region’s light rail, the Finance Ministry announced that day.

As the construction of the light rail takes off, traffic will be limited on many streets and major intersections of the Gush Dan area, a statement from the ministry said. The addition of Park and Ride lots are therefore aimed at easing congestion in the region and provide smoother access to the city’s population centers for residents, visitors and employees, according to the program.

Years of construction on the region’s light rail, slated to stretch from Petah Tikvah in the north to Bat Yam in the south, began on Sunday night.

The council approved the establishment of the parking lots for a three-year period, through a special expedited permitting process due to the national importance of the program, the ministry statement said. The lots will be temporary, and serve members of the public only during the light rail construction period, enabling the return of lands to their designated usage afterward, the statement added.

The two first Park and Ride lots to be constructed will be located in Beit Dagan and Mitzpe Modiin. At later stages of the light rail’s construction, parking lots will also be established at Tel Baruch Beach, Ganei Yehoshua, Kiryat Arye, Kiryat Shaul, Azor, Moshe Dayan Street in Rishon Lezion and Glilot Interchange.

Proposed by the NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd., the Park and Ride locations were selected after examining a number of parameters, such as design aspects, land costs, environmental features and transportation benefits, the ministry said.

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