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Public Transportation Policy in Israel: Challenges for the Decade Ahead

Israel is facing a crisis in its transportation infrastructure as it undergoes unprecedented economic growth over the past decade. This crisis has two major components: (1) The existing infrastructure, namely the network of roads and rail lines, is inadequate to handle the growing number of daily motor vehicle trips without consequent delays due to congestion and overcrowding. (2) The lack of financing available to fund the level of investment that is necessary for the expansion of capacity. To ensure that there is consistent and productive investment in Israel's transportation systems, each element of expenditure and system control must be evaluated in terms of policy objectives and desired social outcomes. Not only must new systems, roadways, transit, commuter rail be examined, but also current levels of performance and operations must be evaluated for efficiency and effectiveness.