As any regular reader of JoeSettler (and shouldn’t you all be?) knows, my pet peeve against Jerusalem is the city engineer and how he has destroyed the roads in central Jerusalem.
His goal is to make life so miserable for anyone with a car, that they will never want to drive to the center of town again and actually support the local merchants.
But what does the City Engineer care? He doesn’t. He’s said so himself in an interview with the Jerusalem Post a few months back.
But it is worse than that.
As anyone driving knows, they’ve divided what was once normal main roads into two divided lanes – the public transportation lane for buses and taxis, and a second single lane for everyone.
So what happens?
The public transportation lane is usually empty, except for the occasional bus, and the taxis zipping by. And the single lane is usually jam packed and not moving.
Of course, half the time it isn’t moving is only because of… the taxis.
You see, not only do the taxis use the public transportation lane for zipping past the traffic, they also use it to cut into the front of the regular lane and block all the traffic in our single lane so they can pick up and let out their customers.
That’s right. I have been stuck sitting in that single lane (with no turnoffs anymore for private cars) for no end after taxis have the audacity to zip in front of the lane and block all our traffic while they cruise for fares or sit there for 10 minutes (no exageration) while the passenger looks for exact change and struggles to get out of the car.
Whew. Got that out of my system.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד