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Minister, Tel Aviv mayor agree to shutter central bus station by end of 2025

Merav Michaeli and Ron Huldai announce that half of the bus lines operating out of station will be moved to other nearby terminals within two years

The exterior of the New Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. (photo credit: Wikimedia/Roi Boshi)
The exterior of the New Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. (photo credit: Wikimedia/Roi Boshi)

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai announced Friday that they agreed on shuttering the city’s central bus station by the end of 2025.

According to Huldai, half of the bus lines currently operating out of the station will be moved in the next two years to other terminals that will be built in the area. He also said most of the buses would be made electric.

“I hope we found the right balance between transportation needs and the quality of life of residents of the area,” he wrote on Twitter.

Michaeli also hailed the agreement.

“The solution we found for the residents of the city will not harm the transportation needed by the hundreds of thousands who use it, will deal with the hazard caused by the station and will bring the area a better and cleaner situation,” she said.

Michaeli vowed earlier this year that the hulking central bus station, decried as an eyesore and public nuisance since it opened nearly three decades ago, will be shuttered by late 2023 or early 2024.

In the decades since it was opened in 1993, south Tel Aviv residents have fought to have the seven-story building shut down due to high levels of pollution and noise.

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