The Israeli transportation ministry estimates that more than 100,000 tickets have already been sold, less than two days after it began selling them for the Meron celebrations.
The ministry expressed happiness that the sale was proceeding without problems and emphasized that tickets would still be available until Thursday, so people who wanted to travel soon should rush to get them.
The commission of inquiry established to investigate the Meron tragedy in 2021, which claimed the lives of 45 people, recommended a new framework for Lag Ba’Omer in which each person wishing to take part in the festivities must purchase a bus ticket or shuttle ticket (for those arriving by car), with each ticket serving as an entry permit to the celebrations.
The Ministry of Transportation has listed many routes to the tomb, including those from nationwide locations where buses will be accessible and using the train service and a designated parking area for communal groups.
Private vehicles should park in Eliphelet and ride the shuttle to the tomb. Only personal vehicles with access permission will be allowed into the parking lot.
An exceptional night service from Karmiel to Tel Aviv and Beit Shemesh will be offered, and there will also be shuttles from Meron to Karmiel, where the rail service will be expanded to accommodate the pilgrims ascending to Meron.
“We are aware of the high demand for tickets, but we are working within the parameters of the law based on the new regulations,” said Uri Maklev, deputy minister of transportation.
The new system for pre-purchased tickets has been a success, as evidenced by the fact that tens of thousands of tickets were sold in hours.
People are flocking to the venue on public transportation after demonstrating their confidence in the ministry.
We have made a significant investment to guarantee that individuals may ascend to Meron with safe and dependable service.