Transportation Mobility and Its Influence on Accessibility in Israel
Author: Yoram Ida, Gal Talit
October 17, 2010
The amount of mobility differs between countries and between cities and impacts on the daily quality of life in these places.
This study examines the amount of mobility in the transportation in Israel, with an emphasis on the residents of the country’s largest metropolitan area, the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area, in comparison to other metropolitan areas in the Western world. A distinction is made between two main means of transportation, private vehicles and public transport.
It turns out that the mobility of private vehicle users in the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area in 1995 was relatively good compared to other cities, and the mobility of public transportation users was relatively inferior. The developments that have taken place since then in Israel point to a relative worsening in the transportation situation for users of both means of transport. The paper discusses the types of changes as well as the reasons for these changes and serves as a basis for recommendations central to the issue of accessibility to transportation in Israel. The researchers call for a change in the public policy that gives preference to private vehicle users over public transportation users. Ultimately, the current policy is harmful to economic efficiency and increases the inequality in society.