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January 4, 2010

Report: Egged Significantly Cuts Service to Meah Shearim Due To Vandalism

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Report: Egged Significantly Cuts Service to Meah Shearim Due To Vandalism

According to a Kikar report, Egged during the past two weeks has significantly curtailed bus service to Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim neighborhood, apparently in response to vandalism attacks.

The unilateral Egged decision appears to impact the 1, 3, 10 and 15 lines, serving thousands and thousands of riders, many counted among the lower socioeconomic status, unable to entertain taking a taxi as a transportation alternative.

Bus windows were smashed and tires damaged in the vandal attacks. There were numerous incidents during recent months, perhaps sparked by the anti-chilul shabbos protests directed against Intel Jerusalem according to some.

Neighborhood residents question the justification of the collective punishment decision, asking if the bus company would respond similarly if the situation occurred in Tel Aviv or elsewhere. The residents are calling on askanim and chareidi politicians to address the problem in an expeditious fashion.

In response, Egged explains that a number of days ago there was another attack, and this prompted the decision since the bus cooperative is responsible for the safety of its drivers and passengers, as well as committed to protect the buses from damage. Officials at Egged stress the decision was not made following an isolated incident, but repeated incidents that simply place drivers and passengers alike in danger.

This past motzei shabbos, Egged tried to resume regular service but another protest on Shivtei Yisrael Street resulted in a different reality, and the buses could not pass.

Egged officials are planning to meet on Monday to evaluate the situation towards reaching a decision regarding the possible resumption of regular bus service to the neighborhood.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


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