Jerusalem Gets Shabbat Bus Service

After years of protesting lack of public transportation on Shabbat, non-religious Jerusalemites can now sign up for ‘Shabus’

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Non-religious residents of Jerusalem have for years been demanding some sort of public transportation on Shabbat, and now it would seem they have it. Sort of…

A service called “Shabus” began operating this weekend to enable residents of more remote neighborhoods to reach Jerusalem’s city center on the weekly day of rest.

A public Internet petition managed to raise just shy of $30,000 for the launch of the service. Those interesting in receiving rides must register online and pay and annual fee of about $13.

So as to not upset Jerusalem’s large religious population any more than necessary, all Shabus drivers will be non-Jews.

So far, a reported 500 people have signed up for the service.

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