This September: The Next Stage in the Reform of Public Transportation in Jerusalem
You Rav-Kav card was empty when you boarded the bus? As of September, your trip will cost double
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In recent years, the Ministry of Transport has spearheaded a reform in public transportation to allow the driver to focus solely on driving without having to deal with payment and refilling the passengers’ Rav-Kav card. As part of the interim adjustment period, it was possible in recent months to fill the Rav-Kav card with "a one-day pass" or a single trip.
Drivers will not be able to refill Rav-Kav cards
However, this option is coming to an end this month. Starting in September, a passenger who boarded a bus in Jerusalem without a pre-filled Rav-Kav card will be required to purchase from the driver a one-time Rav-Kav card for a single trip at a cost of NIS 5. This means that a passenger who did not fill his card before going on the bus will be forced to pay another NIS 5 for the one-time card on which his trip is printed in addition to the regular NIS 5.9 bus fare, for a total of 10.9 for the trip — even if he has his own Rav-Kav card.
The Ministry of Transportation explains that the Jerusalem public has had enough time to adjust to the changes and that the number of complaints received over the new changes was low. It appears that the conditions are ripe to complete the reform. As of the end of August, the Ministry of Transport announces that the driver will no longer be able to refill any card.
A concession for the elderly
Out of consideration for the elderly population’s technological gap, the elderly will be able to purchase a single one-time paper ticket from the driver.
Where you can refill your Rav-Kav in Jerusalem
The Ministry of Transport has provided those using public transportation a wide variety of possibilities for filling the Rav-Kav card before boarding the bus. There are 400 refill points throughout Jerusalem. One can pay in cash and by credit card in 100 of them and the rest by credit card only. In addition, a Rav-Kav card can be refilled in ATMs throughout Jerusalem, in the Light Rail filling stations and in dozens of stores throughout the city.
Those who have a Rav-Kav with a smart chip
Another option for holders of cards with a smart chip is to refill their card by means of the Rav-Kav online application as well as on a computer that has a card reader.