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Bus Routes Expanded for Hebron

Three new lines have replaced the 160 bus.

9.1.17, 11:37
Three new bus routes have been launched for Hebron and Kiryat Arba. As of January 6, 2017, the old 160 line has been discontinued and replaced with the following:
 
Line 380 - from Jerusalem to Kiryat Arba.
Line 381 - from Jerusalem to the Tomb of Machpela, Hebron
Line 382 - from Jerusalem to Kiryat Arba through Karmi Tsur
 
The Egged Taavura subsidiary will now be running these lines. 
The Jewish Community of Hebron applauds the creation of these bus lines and welcome increased access to Hebron from around the country.
 
Look up your route on Egged's English website by clicking here.
Visit website for the Egged Taavura subsidiary by clicking here.
 

Line 160, the Final Stop
by Elimelech Karzen

I always loved the Hebron-Jerusalem line.
 
Once it was just "060." The route ran from the old central bus station in Jerusalem down Jaffa Road, turned on King George and then made a right on Hebron Road.
 
Then we drove past Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, Halhoul, into Glass Junction to Kiryat Arba and finally to the Tomb of Machpela in Hebron.
 
At some point it changed to 160, and so it remained.
 
Bus 160 to the Cave of the Patriarchs was part of daily life, like 405 to Tel Aviv, (or 480 if you want the train station).
This line took me every day back and forth to school, or to a fun day with my grandparents. As a soldier riding the good old 160, I could catch up on sleep. To this day every time I see it, it brings back old memories.
 
That is, as long as I can see it from the outside, and not as a passenger.
 
In recent years, bus 160 has become something of a travel nightmare. Not because of the drivers, who are professional and dedicated in challenging driving conditions. There's the weather, the winding roads and you get caught in a stoning attack now and then, and sometimes something even more serious.
 
The point is this - the Ministry of Transport requires that the Egged bus company run this line using bulletproof buses only. Anyone who has traveled through Judea and Samaria is probably familiar with this model vehicle. 
 
These buses develop a particularly high rate of wear and tear, some looking like they've been through the Gulf War. 
But as long as they still run, that's what matters. Sometimes they get stuck, and once in a while have the tenancy to catch fire. And the sealed bulletproof windows can sometimes get a little claustrophobic. Sometimes I would image I was in the armored division liberating Bab El Wad. 
 
But it's time to leave sentimentality aside, because as of this coming Thursday at 12 midnight the last bus 160 will leave the Jerusalem central bus station for Hebron. 
 
Immediately the next day, this Friday January 6, 2017 at 5:00 am, a new series of lines will begin. 
 
* Bus 380 from Jerusalem to Kiryat Arba.
* Bus 381 from Jerusalem to Hebron and the Tomb of Machpela
* Bus 382 from Jerusalem to Kiryat Arba via Karmi Tsur
 
Is this change for the better? Time will tell, but the potential is there. These lines will operate with mostly modern buses.
 
Birth pangs can be expected. But we hope these changes will improve the quality of life for residents, visitors and all those who wish to walk in the footsteps of our Biblical ancestors.
 
I didn't sell my Honda, in case you were wondering.
- Elimelech Karzen 
Hebron, Israel
 

Plan your visit to Hebron today:
 
United States contact info:

http://www.hebronfund.com/
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
718-677-6886
info@hebronfund.org

In Israel contact the offices of the Jewish Community of Hebron at:
http://en.hebron.org.il/
02-996-5333
office@hebron.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hebronofficial
 
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