Alternative bus line ‘Shabus’ begins taking passengers during Shabbat in Jerusalem

Frustrated by the decades-old prohibition of public transportation in the capital during Shabbat and certain holidays, a cooperative of Jerusalem entrepreneurs initiated the “Shabus” bus service on Friday for secular and non-Jewish visitors to the city.

According to Hovev Yanay, one of the founders of the Cooperative Transportation Association of Jerusalem, the initiative was created in response to the Transportation Ministry’s refusal to allow bus and light rail service during Shabbat.

“We studied the law and searched for the golden path between the Transportation Ministry’s refusal to give licenses to operate public transportation on Shabbat, and the needs of many Jerusalemites,” Yanay told YNet.


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