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, 2011 at 12:50
  • Your question would be improved if you would state why you think it might be forbidden.
    – msh210
    Oct 7, 2011 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, 2011 at 13:49
  • @Isaac - thanks! I'm rather curious what would the answer/s be.
    – ripper234
    Oct 7, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 17:24
  • Do you by any chance have a reference for that?
    – ripper234
    Oct 8, 2011 at 14:41
  • @ripper234 are you asking me or Gershon?
    – yydl
    Oct 9, 2011 at 0:38
  • @yydl - I'm asking Gershon.
    – ripper234
    Oct 9, 2011 at 4:16

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