Good news for worshipers and visitors to the Western Wall: This week, electronic signs were placed at the bus stops at the Western Wall to give travelers up-to-the-minute updates.
For about a year, people leaving the Western Wall needing public transportation have been confused as to the exact location of the bus stops heading into the center of Jerusalem. The police over this past year have had to occasionally close the Dung Gate entrance to the Old City for reasons of security and crowd control. Therefore, the location of the stops for the #1 and #3 stops has been moved, to Goren Square or sometimes outside the Old City walls.
It was made clear by the public that these changes cause great distress to travelers waiting vainly for the bus outside the Western Wall when the bus is actually not stopping there, but rather outside the Dung Gate.
After turning to the Jerusalem Municipality and Transportation Ministry, an electronic sign was placed at the stops at the Western Wall Plaza which update the travelers in real-time on where the bus is leaving from.
This step, in conjunction with the Jerusalem Municipality and Transportation Ministry is part of a master plan for transportation and necessitated a unique technological system that synchronizes the information conveyed by the Egged bus company, which operates transportation to the Western Wall, with updates from the Israel Police which is responsible for security at the site. This provides travelers with clear, immediate, and updated information allowing them to plan their travel.
In addition to the new sign, preparation is currently underway adjacent to Dung Gate for a complex for those waiting for buses. The complex will help regulate the number of buses needed so that travelers will not have to wait long for buses during peak times.