A project that will bring:
Greater transportation accessibility for the benefit of residents of Northern Jerusalem * Significant improvement in public transportation in Northern Jerusalem for local and intercity routes * Clearance of existing bus parking lots at the entrance to the city, significant traffic relief at the entrance to Jerusalem and the Northern area of the city
NIS 350 Million Investment in the Project
Model Credit: Mordagan Company
The Ministry of Transportation and the Jerusalem Municipality, via the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company, have begun construction of Jerusalem’s new Central Bus Station — at the Golda Interchange, adjacent to Ramot in northern Jerusalem.
As part of the public transportation revolution in northern Jerusalem, a new Central Bus Station will be established for the benefit of residents of the city’s north, with a passenger terminal and a massive bus parking lot.
The new project is major news for residents of northern Jerusalem, who will enjoy greater transportation accessibility close to home and a significant improvement in public transportation in northern Jerusalem for both local and intercity bus lines. The new Central Bus Station will improve the quality of life of the city’s northern residents and will significantly reduce use of the existing Central Bus Station for all travel — especially outside the city — and will also lessen the time it takes people to reach their destination. In addition, the new Central Bus Station will significantly reduce traffic at the entrance to the city.
The passenger terminal will include 11 lanes that will host both local and intercity transportation lines, which passengers will reach via underground pedestrian passages, accessible to the disabled. In addition, a bus parking lot which will stretch across 20 dunams will be constructed, with around 250 parking spaces for buses. The new bus parking lot will vacate existing bus parking lots at the entrance to Jerusalem, which will be cleared as part of Jerusalem’s flagship program—the “City Entryway” project. Above the new parking structure, a green roof will be constructed with plenty of vegetation and large planters. Investment in the project is estimated at IS 350 million.
The project has an approved City Building Plan, and the excavation and reinforcement stage recently began. In the first quarter of 2018, the terminal and bus parking construction phase will begin and will be completed by mid 2020. A year later, in 2021, construction of the passenger terminal will be completed.
The Ministry of Transportation, which funded the project in full, will select the transportation companies to which the project will be allocated upon its completion.
Minister of Transportation and Information, Yisrael Katz: “Construction of the new Central Bus Station at Golda Center constitutes another stage in the transportation revolution promoted by the Ministry of Transportation across the country and in the large metropolises. It is another project by the Ministry of Transportation and the Jerusalem Municipality to improve transportation accessibility in the city’s north and the quality of life of the city’s residents, and it will significantly shorten the commute to various destinations.” Minister Katz added that his office is also currently advancing a project to expand the Tunnel Road, at a cost of around IS 850 million, from the Begin Road to the Elazar Junction (Route 60), which will consist of an addition of a lane in each direction, as well as a designated public transportation lane. Expansion of the Tunnel Road is designed to allow for an increase in the volume of vehicles using it, expected as a result of the addition of housing units planned in Beit Shemesh, Beitar Ilit, Tzur Hadassah, and the surrounding area.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat: “Jerusalem is growing, developing and flourishing, and we are constantly continuing to improve and strengthen the transportation system to provide answers to the residents’ needs. The project will significantly ease traffic congestion, reduce traffic jams in the city’s northern neighborhoods, and will ease entry and exit for the residents of the metropolis to Jerusalem. I thank the Minister of Transportation, Yisrael Katz, for his commitment to Jerusalem and his involvement in its development and reinforcement.”
CEO of the Moriah Company, Doron Noiwirt: “This is an important and strategic transportation project that will bring about a significant improvement in the public transportation system for residents of northern Jerusalem. The project will provide the best possible response to residents, with high transportation accessibility and future connections with the light rail blue line, which will reach the city’s north. In planning the project, we were careful to safeguard the environment and nature, which is of paramount importance to us in each and every one of our projects. In addition, the project will allow clearance of existing bus parking lots at the city’s entrance for our flagship “City Entryway” project, which over the coming years will become Israel’s largest business district where the vacated land will be marketed to businesses and hotels.”