Israel on Sunday launched a new car seat program, allowing passengers to rent cars and transport them to and from the country.
The program, known as LaRey, aims to reduce traffic congestion in Jerusalem, which is also a major city for Israelis.
The project is being dubbed the LaRee Car Rentals, a nod to the name of Israel’s first taxi service, LaRees Car Rent.
The pilot program will be launched next week.
Israel is planning to open LaRe Car Rentments by 2020, which could create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Israel’s public transportation system, known by the Hebrew name of Haifa, has already begun installing car-sharing services.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the government is considering establishing car-rental services as part of its national strategy for the coming years.
“We are considering several new approaches to our transportation network,” Netanyahu said at a news conference in Jerusalem.
“The key is to get people to use public transportation.”
Israel’s transportation network is plagued by frequent delays and overcrowding.
A 2014 study by the Israeli Transportation and Health Ministry found that car-share services are a major source of overcrowding in the country’s public transport system, which accounts for a third of traffic jams.
Haifa is home to about 200,000 people, including around 10,000 immigrants, according to the Israeli Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
About 70 percent of the population lives in the city’s commercial district.
About 80 percent of Israelis have cars, according the Israel Transportation Agency.