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Expanding and Upgrading the Fast Lane Parking Lot

Expanding and Upgrading the Fast Lane Parking Lot

The Fast Lane parking lot is part of the Fast Lane project, carried out by the Fast Lane LTD franchise of the Shapir Group. Since 2011 Cross Israel Highway is the project's appointed supervising authority.

The parking lot is close to the Shappirim Interchange, and can be accessed from the east via the Fast Lane or from south and west via route 412. The lot has approximately 2,000 parking spaces. Users can leave their vehicle and commute via the free shuttle service directly to the business centers in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. Additionally, transportation is available from the parking lot to Jerusalem with a direct bus. The parking and the transportation services operate five days a week between 06:00 to 23:00.

The Fast Lane is designed to prioritize public transportation and high-occupancy vehicles at the eastern entry (route 1) to Tel Aviv. These vehicles are exempt from the toll. The Fast Lane commuters and parking lot users enjoy time and fuel savings. The project eases traffic congestion in the entrance to the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and decreases air pollution in the crowded Central region.

Following the project’s success, and in light of the high demand for parking spaces, Cross Israel initiated a program for upgrading the parking lot and doubling its capacity. At the end of 2019, a contract was signed for expanding the parking lot, following a long and complex negotiation conducted by Cross Israel, and Israel's Accountant General, with the franchisee.

Expanding the parking lot is a complex challenge, as it continues to operate during the work. Project pre-planning was conducted by Cross Israel, which also supervised the detailed planning carried out by the franchisee. Work on the project began in January 2020.

The project includes:

  • 2 Additional levels— 65,000 sqm, and an overall addition of 1,800 parking spaces.
  • Construction of rest facilities for the bus and shuttle drivers.
  • Upgrading the public transportation terminals.
  • Integrating control and monitoring systems and support systems for the parking lot users.
  • Upgrading permanent and alternating signs.

According to the signed contract, the State may instruct the franchisee, within 5 years from end of construction works, to add a shuttle line from the parking lot to the area of Rothschild Avenue in Tel Aviv.

During the expansion works, the parking lot will operate as usual — except for the areas closed down for construction. To ensure user convenience and reduce the number of unavailable parking spots as much as possible, a temporary lot has been built, containing approximately 850 parking spaces. It will operate throughout the entire expansion period, alongside the primary parking lot. Furthermore, an internal shuttle was added for transportation between parking lots at a high frequency.

The Fast Lane project constitutes an example of a successful project promoting public and high-occupancy transportation, and reducing congestion in the entrance to the metropolitan area. Cross Israel will continue to vigorously develop the project for the convenience and safety of the public.

Expanding Fast Lane parking, including the shuttle and public transportation services, will enable thousands more people to arrive comfortably and quickly to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, ease traffic congestion in the entrance to the metropolitan area, and decrease air pollution.