App Gives Carpoolers Free Ride to Tel Aviv, Bypassing Traffic

Drivers wishing to find travel partners will download the Moovit Carpool app for drivers and receive requests from passengers wishing to reach similar destinations.

A local public transport information app operated by Moovit.
A local public transport information app operated by Moovit. Pau Barrena, Bloomberg

A further advantage for drivers using Moovit’s new service, in addition to reducing fuel costs, is free use of the fast lane to Tel Aviv on Route 1. This allows cars with high occupancy to bypass congested lanes at no cost. Currently, of the 8,000 vehicles using the fast lane daily, 1,000 have high occupancy.

TheMarker reported last March that groups of drivers meet at the parking lot attached to the fast lane, then using one car by rotation, in order to benefit from the free ride permitted during rush hours for cars with 3-4 occupants.

The report wondered why there wasn’t an organized platform linking drives and passengers, such as an app designated for coordinating travel or a pickup spot at the parking lot. Indeed, the company operating the fast lane is now linking up with Moovit’s carpool service with the aim of increasing the number of people using both services. A designated carpool station will be launched next week at this parking lot, near the Shapirim interchange.

Drivers wishing to find travel partners will download the Moovit Carpool app for drivers and receive requests from passengers wishing to reach similar destinations. The driver will pick them up at the designated stop in the parking lot. A driver going from Rishon Letzion to Ramat Hahayal, for example, could link up with someone arriving at the carpark by bus from Jerusalem who also wishes to get to the same destination.

“We expect this collaboration to lead to a 25-percent increase in the number of daily users over the first year,” says Avi Ben-Ari, marketing VP for the company operating the fast lane. “This move will enable passengers and drivers to arrive rapidly and at reduced cost at destinations that include ones the fast lane doesn’t reach.”