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In Israel, most public transport shuts down on Shabbat.

If it did operate on Sabbath, perhaps by non Jews, would it be permissable for Jews to use it on weekdays?

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ripper234, welcome to Judaism.SE, and thanks very much for bringing your question here! –  Isaac Moses Oct 7 '11 at 12:50
    
Your question would be improved if you would state why you think it might be forbidden. –  msh210 Oct 7 '11 at 13:41
    
@msh210 Because I assume there is some reason public transport shuts down (it is definitely 'because' of some Jewish people)... –  ripper234 Oct 7 '11 at 13:49
    
@Isaac - thanks! I'm rather curious what would the answer/s be. –  ripper234 Oct 7 '11 at 13:49
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Regular Egged bus lines run (at a reduced frequency) in Haifa and Eilat. The drivers include both Jews and Arabs. –  ChaimKut Dec 22 '11 at 0:47

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I do not see why it would be not permissible to use it. No one has a problem using electricity during the week, which the electric company is operating on Shabbos too. No one has a problem using the telephone during the week, which the phone company is operating on Shabbos.

The only possible reason that some people might have not to use it during the week, is that they feel that by not using it during the week, it would make the company not run on Shabbos.

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This is also similar to what happened to El Al when they started flying on Shabbos. The power of the masses can change things... –  yydl Oct 7 '11 at 17:24
    
Do you by any chance have a reference for that? –  ripper234 Oct 8 '11 at 14:41
    
@ripper234 are you asking me or Gershon? –  yydl Oct 9 '11 at 0:38
    
@yydl - I'm asking Gershon. –  ripper234 Oct 9 '11 at 4:16

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