A New Travel Experience in Haifa PDF Print
100_train150 stops between Haifa and the Krayot, high-frequency routes, information centers, smart cards, convenience and safety at the highest level - all you need to know about the Haifa Metronit.
The idea of establishing a rail connection between Haifa's three main districts was first mentioned in Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl's Altneuland (Old New Land), which describes Haifa as a large commercial and industrial city with an electric train connecting the port to the residential area on the Carmel ridge.

The Carmelit, the first underground funicular railway, has already been transporting passengers from the lower town area to the Carmel ridge for a few decades, but today the city of Haifa is experiencing the full force of Israel's transport revolution.
The Metronit is a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) using improved, low-floor, high capacity buses, comparable in design to the light rail. Passengers using the BRT in metropolitan Haifa will have the privilege of a genuine upgrade in their travel experience, due to right-of-way and priority over traffic granted to the Metronit, the latest information and ticketing systems, and to a higher level of service than customary.

The Metronit system includes three lines: the first, from the north Krayot area (next to the former Kurdani Camp) via the lower town of Haifa to the Carmel Beach central station. The second, from Kiryat Ata to the Bat Galim terminal and the third, from Kiryat Yam and Kiryat Haim to Hadar in Haifa.
At first, 84 Metronit buses powered by clean diesel fuel will be put into operation. In addition, 6 hybrid Metronit buses (combination of diesel-electric propulsion systems) will be operated on a trial basis, the results of which will determine whether to expand their use within the Metronit system.

The Metronit will operate according to principles and measures promoting a high level of service:

  • Higher-than-usual frequency of service.
  • Unique design, including a large number of wide doors, advanced interior design and real-time information systems.
  • High level of convenience and safety.
  • Provision of comprehensive, reliable real-time information, through an information call center, a designated Internet site and electronic signs located on platforms.
  • Continuous and coordinated bus service.
  • Smooth transfers between public transport operators and other modes of transport.
  • Unrestricted boarding and alighting from all Metronit doors.
  • A combined ticket for a number of operators.
  • Right-of-way by virtue of dedicated lanes (public transport lanes) totalling approx. 37 km in length.
  • An advanced traffic control system, connected to all intersections and detector devices, to shorten Metronit travel time.
  • Platforms and stops – approx. 150 stops spread over the length of the travel routes to include customer amenities.
  • Passenger terminals and parking lots – "Park and Ride."
  • Fleet management and control  – linked up with the traffic-light control center.
  • Public order - cameras installed on platforms and connected to a manned monitoring centre, and cameras installed inside Metronit buses, will aid in  maintaining public order, preventing vandalism and assisting in the handling of irregular incidents.

How much will the fare cost?

There will be no change in the fares the public is currently accustomed to paying. Furthermore, once the Metronit starts running it will also be possible to freely transfer from bus to bus, from bus to Metronit or from Metronit to bus, within the space of one hour and twenty minutes (to be determined). Tickets can be upgraded and operated by means of the Rav-Kav (multiple-use, rechargeable, national smart cards), allowing travel on all public transport lines.

Buying a ticket

Before boarding the Metronit:
Smart card: before boarding the Metronit for the first time, each passenger must purchase a Rav-Kav smart card at a Rav-Kav service point. The card can be re-charged with payment packages of the passenger's choice, either with Egged public transport operator bus drivers, at reception offices in central bus stations, or through ticket vending machines situated at each Metronit stop.
Paper ticket: a single journey paper ticket may be purchased via the ticket vending machine situated at each Metronit stop, to be used for a one-time trip by Metronit only.

Paying for a Metronit ride

Rav-Kav:  all Rav-Kav card holders will be required to press their Rav-Kav against a validating device (which reads the smart card) installed at each stop. These devices will deduct the required amount from the card and will indicate that the card owner is entitled to travel on the Metronit.
All passengers: a team of inspectors will be in force to conduct ongoing inspections of the passengers' cards/tickets. A passenger who has not paid the fare will be fined up to NIS 180.

Future programs

Expansion of the Metronit network is already under consideration, including the possible connection of the cities of Tirat HaCarmel and Nesher to the system. Our aim is to connect all parts of the Haifa metropolitan area to the Metronit system in order to provide maximum service and accessibility.

Accessibility for passengers with disabilities

Metronit vehicles provide easy boarding and alighting for passengers with disabilities. In addition, Metronit stations will be marked with a special strip for visually impaired or blind passengers, and be equipped with a public address system. Each Metronit vehicle will also be equipped with a public address system. Real time information will be provided via station signs, cell phones or Internet.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 July 2012 10:48