The Basics of the Reform
As of 1 January 2016. passengers using public transport will be able to use a new pricing method which applies to all modes of public transport (as defined by the Ministry of Transport) in the metropolitan areas and any combination thereof. Until now you had to pay separately for the various modes of transport however as of 1 January, 2016 you can load your RAV KAV (multi-transport ticket) with a new 'Travel-Pass'. This new travel-pass allows you to travel on the bus, by train, metrobus and the light rail, separately or combined within a given metropolitan area (subject to the limitations of the selected pass).
Anglo-list petitioned the Haifa Municipality & The Ministry of Transport to have the Carmelit included in the transport tariff reform. Even though we had more than 1,500 signatures from Haifa residents who regularly use the Carmelit, our petition was rejected. The Ministry of Transport does not recognize the Carmelit as public transport.
There are 4 Metropolitan areas that are included in the Transport Tariff Reform and they are Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva. Within each metropolitan area there are three zones or 'bands' - Hebrew" Tabaot - within the metropolitan boundary. As long as you remain within this boundary you can combine different modes of transport with the new Travel-Pass
In each metropolitan area, each zone or band has a central band - Band No. 1, and 2 outer bands, Band 2 and Band 3
To travel from one Band to another, you need to select and purchase a Travel-Pass and fare combination that covers those areas.
1. DAILY PASS
2. WEEKLY PASS
3. MONTHLY PASS
There are 7 different zones and sub-zones in Tel Aviv and 8 in Haifa, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva. The are numerous route combinations within these zones and each available combination, has its own fare. Each fare has a 'sharing code' and when you purchase your ticket, you must be sure that you purchase it according to the 'sharing code'. In Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva there are 12, 14, 16 and 15 sharing codes respectively. So in total, there are 57 different ticket rout/pricing options. The route maps can be accessed on the Transport Reform website at www.trans-reform.co.il/. Please note that when you click on the English option, you will be required to download a PDF file with all the information.
If we understand this new system correctly, here is an example of what can be done using the various transport options within Band 1 in the Haifa Metropolitan area:
You can get on a train in Haifa at Hof HaCarmel, get off at the Merkazit HaMifratz train station adjacent to the Cimemall, take in a movie, hop on a bus to the Druze Villages (Usufiya & Daliat El Carmel) then catch a bus to the Hadar where you can go to the Shuk then hop on a Metronit, get off in the German Colony, take in the view of the Bahai Temple on Ben Gurion Blvd., get on the Metronit again, stop at the Egged train station, hop on the next train and get off at Hof HaCarmel all for cost of the 16 shekel Daily Pass,
If you were to do this on the old system, this day's worth of transport would cost around 45 NIS. Cool saving!!
Loading the Travel Pass onto the Rav Kav
Travel passes can be loaded by bus drivers, at "Al-Hakav" centers, charging stations all over Israel, bus company ticket offices, train stations, and on the Rav Kav website – ravkavonline.co.il. You have to register on the Rav Kav website and then you can proceed to load or refill your Rav Kav. The website is in Hebrew.
Any discounts you are entitled too; students, pensioners etc., will be programmed into your Travel Pass on the Rav Kav.
Call *8787 for more info (no promises for an English speaking customer service rep)