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Tel Aviv Express Lane - Fast Lane LTD

Fast Lane Venture

The fast lane is the leftmost lane on Highway 1 from Jerusalem, on the route section between the Ben Gurion Interchange and the Kibbutz Galuyot interchange on the Ayalon Highway (Route 20).

As part of the venture, an additional lane was built, leaving the same number of lanes for other traffic on Highway 1.

Additionally, the Fast Lane route includes a Park and Ride lot, with entrances from the fast lane itself or from Route 412.

The goal of the venture is to reduce traffic congestion at the entrance to Tel Aviv, by giving preference to public transport and high occupancy vehicles (driver + 2 or 3 passengers).

The ventures allows users to leave their vehicles in the Park and Ride lots - free of charge - and travel to the business centers in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan using the free shuttle service.

The remaining traffic capacity in the Fast Lane is used for private vehicles, for a fee.

The project was established in the BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) format:

The franchisee - Fast Lane LTD - built the project and will operate it for 30 years. At the end of the franchise period, Fast Lane will transfer the venture to the state, at no charge.

 

‘Park and Ride’ Parking Lot

The Park and Ride parking lot is located next to the Shappirim Interchange, along the Fast Lane route, and contains about 2,000 parking spaces.

Users can leave their vehicle in the lot, and continue on to the business hubs of Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan via shuttle, free of charge.

Park and Ride Parking Lot Hours are from 06:00 to 23:00.

Users are not allowed to leave vehicles in the parking lot after hours. Parking a car after hours may result in a fee.

Also located at the ‘Park and Ride’ complex:

- Cash Payment Station – for non-subscribers and for those not exempt from fees

- Checkpoint for high occupancy vehicles (2 or 3 passengers in addition to the driver) - for fee payment exemptions.

- Passenger drop-off point for those dropping off or picking up a passenger. Anyone who drops off or picks up passengers, in the designated area only, and who continues on to the express lane to Tel Aviv will be charged a fee.

- Additional activities – a café, ATMs and more.

 

How is the fee determined?

The fee is dynamic, and is determined by traffic congestion in the fast lane. The changing fee regulates traffic demand in order to allow flowing and rapid drive for public transport, shuttles and high occupancy vehicles.

Low Fast Lane fees – indicate that the fast lane is free and traffic is flowing.

Higher Fast Lane fees – indicate traffic congestion in the lane.

The relevant fee is displayed at all times on electronic signs at the entrance to the express lane and at the exit from the Park and Ride lot. Subscribers receive the invoice for the fee in the mail.
Non-subscribers must pay the fee during the drive at the designated payment area in the Park and Ride lot. The fee can be paid with cash or credit card.

 

Please note: Anyone not subscribed to the Fast Lane, who has not paid the fee during the trip, will be charged a penalty for riding in violation of the law, in addition to the fee. In this case, the invoice will be sent by registered mail.

 

Who may use the fast lane?

Those that may use the express lane:

Those registered as subscribers.

Subscribers can register on the Fast Lane LTD website. There is no registration or monthly fee. Charges for subscribers are based on actual travel.

Those who pay the fee with cash or credit card during travel.
The fee can be paid in cash (all bills except for 200 NIS are accepted) or with a credit card, in the designated area of the Park and Ride lot, during the trip.
Please note: Anyone not subscribed to the Fast Lane must pay the fee during the trip itself. Travel in the Fast Lane without a subscription, and without paying the fee during the trip, will lead to a fine and increased travel charges.

Those exempt from fee payments.
We recommend checking in advance the list of vehicles exempt from payments, and the manner of obtaining the various exemptions, to avoid unnecessary charges for traveling in violation of the law. The exemptions are listed in regulation 18A, as stated above.

Vehicles that are not allowed to enter the fast lane:

Non-motorized vehicles

Vehicles with a total weight exceeding 3.5 tons, excluding vehicles exempt from fees.
Motorcycles with connected sidecars, tractors, mobile machinery, slow vehicles, connected vehicles, supported vehicles and tri-motorcycles as defined in the Transport Regulations, 1961.

Shuttle Services

An important part of the fast lane venture is the Park and Ride lot, meant for vehicles of users who continue on to the business centers in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
They can leave their car in the Park and Ride lot, and use the shuttle services.
Both the parking and riding the shuttle are free of charge!

Shuttle Lines:

- List of Tel Aviv Kirya Line stations

- List of Ramat Gan Ramat Gan Exchange Line stations

 

Shuttle Hours

The shuttle service operates Sunday to Thursday (excluding holiday eves and holidays) from 06:00 to 23:00.
Between 6:30 - 9:30 and 15:30 - 19:00, the shuttle leaves every 5 minutes (or when it is full, whichever comes first).
Between 14:30 - 15:30 – every 10 minutes.
During other operating hours, the shuttle leaves every 15 minutes (or when it is full, whichever comes first).
Please note: The hours stated are departure times from the fast lane parking lot.

 

Fee Exemptions

Vehicles exempt from payment:

All vehicles traveling only in the first section (the eastern section, up to the Park and Ride lot) and not continuing to the second section (from the Park and Ride lot to the Kibbutz Galuyot Interchange), or continuing on the second section, subject to the following exemption list, are exempt from fees.

  1. High Occupancy Vehicles – at least 3 passengers in addition to the driver, or at least 2 passengers in addition to the driver. The number of passengers who qualify for the exemption is determined by the traffic congestion in the fast lane and is indicated on signs before entering the express lane. In order to be exempt from paying a fee, the vehicle must pass through the checkpoint facility at the Park and Ride lot, designed for counting the passengers in the vehicle. Be sure to go through the checkpoint facility for counting passengers!
  2. Buses, other than private mini buses, as defined in the traffic regulations;
  3. A shared route taxi van that is licensed for a specific route, while running on the route determined in the license;
  4. Vehicles with an issued disabled person tag of a type specified in annex 9 to the Traffic Ordinance, while the disabled person for whom the certificate is issued is either the vehicle driver or a passenger.
  5. A vehicle whose travel on the express lane lasted over 30 minutes under circumstances beyond the vehicle owner's responsibility.
  6. A vehicle operated by a franchisee, or someone on their behalf, for the purpose of operating the express lane.
  7. A motorcycle is required to pay only half the fee.

 

Compensation and reimbursement of expenses

The franchisee has the authority to demand compensation and reimbursement of expenses from a person who used the express lane without exemptions and without paying any fees upfront, or during the trip (the compensation and reimbursement rates can be found in the enforcement regulations).