Superbus (company)

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Superbus (Hebrew: סופרבוס) is an Israeli bus company, which provides intercity and urban service in Afula, Tiberias, Yokneam and Jerusalem.

About[edit]

Superbus buses

The company is equally owned by companies like the Limited and Auto Iris Travelers Yeruham Limited.

Bus Fleet[edit]

The company owns 2000 buses and employs about 2500 employees in three branches – Afula, Yokneam Jerusalem.

The company owns three parking garages – two garages and service offices in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv, one in Afula and one at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station.

The company also operates special trips to Jerusalem employing about 20 drivers who operate 16 minibuses and 4 full-size buses.

In addition, the company also operates specialty lines to transport students.

Superbus Formation[edit]

Superbus was formed in 2000, to participate in auctions for the privatization of public transportation in Israel's whose goal was to lower prices and break the monopolies of the Egged Bus Cooperative, and the Dan Bus Company.

In 2001 the company was awarded a tender to operate the RamlaLod and Matityahu transportation clusters, replacing Egged on 6 May 2002.

Smart Card Payments[edit]

All Superbus services accept the Rav-Kav smart card as payment, which operates on the rest of public transportation in Israel, beginning with the Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem corridor lines from 2008, and the Ramla–Lod–Matityahu from 2011.

Contract Tenders[edit]

In 2007 it was published that Superbus won a tender to operate public transportation in Bet Shemesh and the Jerusalem corridor[1] in spite of its low quality of service, and the large number of complaints filed by passengers against the company.[1][2]

A lawsuit was filed by Connex and by Illit, after which a final decision was taken in favor of Superbus.[3] The company began operating these lines in January 2009.[4]

In early 2009 the company began operating lines in Beit Shemesh and the Jerusalem corridor.

Since the summer of 2011 the company began to operate a night line.

In 2013, Superbus lost the Ramla–Lod–Matityahu tender to the rival Kavim bus company, and the Beit Shemesh tender in 2017.

In 2019 Superbus lost the Jerusalem corridor tender to Afikim, which will take over November 1.

In March 2014, Superbus won the tender for cluster the valleys which includes the cities: Afula, Migdal Haemek, Beit Shean, Yokneam Illit, Kiryat Tivon, Daliyat al-Karmel-Isfiya and Tiberias.

Superbus began first in the Yokneam area in December 2014, then in Afula in March 2015, and in Tiberias in July 2015.

Superbus began operating the Metronit in Haifa on October 15, 2021.

Criticism[edit]

Involvement in Israeli settlements[edit]

On 12 February 2020, the United Nations published a database of companies doing business related in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied Golan Heights.[5] Superbus was listed on the database on account of its activities in Israeli settlements in these occupied territories,[6] which are considered illegal under international law.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Idan Yosef (4 December 2007). "Superbus won a tender to operate Bet Shemesh lines" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  2. ^ Beni Barak (3 October 2003). "Survey: The number of complaints against taxi drivers increased significantly" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  3. ^ Idan Yosef (3 March 2008). "Superbus will operate lines in Bet Shemesh and the Jerusalem Corridor" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  4. ^ [1] from the official website
  5. ^ "Database of all business enterprises involved in certain activities relating to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank (A/HRC/43/71)". UN OCHA. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  6. ^ "UN rights office issues report on business activities related to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory". Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  7. ^ "S/RES/2334(2016)". United Nations Security Council. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2021.

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