Repeated delays in construction of public transit infrastructure mean that 70% of Israelis have no choice but to use their cars to get to work.
The Bank of Israel, the International Monetary Fund and other economic bodies warn that congested roads are adding hours per week to their commute, with consequent increased exposure to air pollution, loss of productivity, and stress on an already overwrought Israeli public.
“There is a better way,” says Yael Dori. “Our strategy is to advance the concept of transit oriented development (TOD) to see if development meet any of the criteria for sustainable or ‘livable’ communities.”
In a pilot of the TOD approach, Adam Teva V’Din is applying its own TOD Index to fifteen neighborhoods approved for expanded development by the government’s accelerated housing committee.