What do train stations have to do with sustainability?
We tried to answer this question as well as the approaches behind urban planning in Israel and around the world at a symposium that took place on 20/6 at Ramat Hanadiv – “Train stations in urban and regional planning” –organized by the Partnership for Regional Sustainability, Transportation Today and Tomorrow, and the Israeli Council for Green Building. This issue, and the approach that sees train stations in the urban setting as a springboard for sustainable development, is one of the subjects that occupies the sustainability transportation team within the Partnership for Regional Sustainability, initiated by Ramat Hanadiv.
About 80 people attended the symposium, representing the following bodies: Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Construction and Housing, Israel Railways, Local Authorities from throughout the country, planning and transportation companies and local activists. The lectures were diverse, interesting and innovative and generated lively discussion.
Among others, a pilot project for a carpark designed for carpoolers at the Binyamina train station was presented. This project is an example of cooperation between different bodies (Israel Railways, the Partnership for Regional Sustainability, Transportation Today and Tomorrow and moovit, a company that develops mobile apps), that provides an innovative solution (in Israel) for the chronic traffic problems at the train station. Within the framework of this project, that was advertised with the title “Shared journey, private parking”, designated parking spaces were marked for cars that arrive at the train station with at least three passengers.