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.