The “Matronit” is the Israeli nickname for the transportation system which uses large-capacity buses, which drive within designated lanes and provide public transportation services at a high level. Similar transportation systems operate around the world and are known as BRT – Bus Rapid Transit.
These systems include:
• Designated lanes for buses;
• Use of large-capacity buses which are similar to the light rail;
• The payment is performed at the station and not on the bus, through automated ticket sales;
• The station platform is adjusted to the height of the bus which allows for quick and easy entrance and exit;
• The four doors open simultaneously and also allow for quick entry and exit;
• Preference in the traffic light systems.
The Metaonit system includes bi-articulate buses, which are unique-looking and innovative and have a length of about 18.5 m, with 4 doors. The Matronit fleet includes about 90 trains which meet the Euro 5 air pollution standards. Additionally, 6 hybrid trains will be operated as a Ministry of Transportation test.
Length of the Matronit Lines
Line 1, the Red Line, is the central line, and its route begins at the Krayot central station and ends at the Hof HaCarmel station. The length of the line is about 25 km and the average travel time from end to end is 55 minutes.
Line 2, the Blue Line, is a route from Kiryat Ata to the Bat Galim Terminal which spans a length of about 18 km, and the average travel time from end to end is 45 minutes.
Line 3, the Green Line, leaves from the Krayot central station and reaches the Hadar Neighborhood in Haifa. The length of the line is about 16 km and the average travel time from end to end is 45 minutes.
For a map of the Matronit lines, click here.