A Miniature Metropolis
Beitar Ilit was built to become a city right from the outset. The municipal land currently covers 5,100 dunams (including employment areas).
According to the existing program, Beitar Ilit will come to inhabit 17,500 families, which translates into at least 96,250 individuals.
The local stores and businesses are concentrated in new 'Commercial Centers', as is the accepted norm in developed settlements, whereas in the past, they were situated on the main street of the city.
Social life, leisure and commerce are active in the city starting from the early hours of the morning and until the wee hours of the night. On weekends, food stores, pizzerias and bakeries operate until the late night hours.
The wide range of community services offered to the local resident attracts residents from the neighboring settlements, such as: Tzur Hadassah, Bar Giora, Mavo Beitar, Matta, Nes Harim and the settlements of Gush Etzion. This has effectively turned Beitar Ilit into a miniature metropolis.
• Since February 2005, public transportation lines are operated by the new transportation company "Ilit", which was established by the "Sasha", "Hamovil Jack Yulzari" and "A.N Netanya" transportation companies. The company operates transportation lines from Beitar Ilit to Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Bnei Brak, and from there, back to Beitar Ilit. The Beitar Ilit-Jerusalem line operates over 500 rides daily, from 6 a.m. till 1 a.m.
Additionally, four transportation lines are operated on high frequently within the city, connecting the various neighborhoods. The bus lines are operated according to the 'Mehadrin Lines' principles, as requested by the local residents and per the callings of Gedolei Yisrael.
With the assistance of the Transportation Ministry, the municipality has erected new, up-to-date sheltered bus stops throughout the city for the convenience of the local residents.
• The Israeli Health Funds quickly picked up on the enormous potential that lies in Beitar Ilit, and, immediately after the establishment of the city, opened large and modern clinics. The Meuhedet and Leumit Health Funds built state-of-the-art medical facilities and health care centers, featuring the most advanced medical equipment.
• Two medical emergency centers in the city are active around the clock every day of the year, and provide first aid services to the local residents. In the near future, the construction of a medical emergency center will be completed. The center will provide all emergency, security and Hatzalah services in Beitar Ilit. As a first step in completing and operating the center, an urban security center has already been established.
• In 1998, MDA established a takeoff station in the city, as the population's growth necessitated an expansion of services.
• Over the past few years, several bank branches were opened in the city: Poalei Agudath Israel, Mercantile Discount and Hapoalim. The banks offer financial services to all local resident as well as the residents of the neighboring settlements.
• In 1994, the National Insurance Institute opened a branch in the city, catering to the needs of the local residents in all areas concerning personal insurance.
• In 1998, the municipality in cooperation with Israel Police established a security department, a first of its kind in a Haredi city. In addition to the security department, the police opened a civil guard base.
• Israel Post opened two branches in the city, first in the Etrog neighborhood, followed by an additional branch in the Gefen neighborhood. All postal services are available at these branches.
As of today, 94 parks are scattered all over the city, covering over 400 dunams combined. Hundreds of playgrounds, all built in accordance with the strictest standards, have been erected throughout the city, and are easily accessible for the handicapped.
In a comprehensive operation, 90 of these public playgrounds were upgraded to meet the new safety standards by the Shefa Department, which is in charge of improving the visual appearance of the city.
Additionally, the infrastructure of the draining and lighting systems was renewed and beautifully decorated barriers were erected at the entrance to the parks to prevent vehicles from entering. New drinking water devices were installed, and at 20 of the playgrounds, sand was replaced by safety standards approved rubber mats.
Within the framework of the operation, which cost several million shekels, new swings, carousels, maze towers and other innovative equipment was installed in 15 playgrounds across the city, totaling 110 brand new play structures.
By the instructions of the mayor, new and extremely costly playground equipment with special safety bars suitable for children aged 1-3, was purchased. Furthermore, dozens of park benches were replaced, as were worn out garbage bins and billboards.
The next step, according to the plan, is to install closed-circuit cameras in all parks to oversee the playground, in order to prevent vandalism and to ease the search for lost children.
Currently, a special computer program is being constructed to enable professional supervision of the parks. The program will allow for early detection of problems and their immediate resolution.
Over 3,000 Israeli trees have been planted all over the city, including cedar, aspen, oak, Syrian Maple, honey tree, Chinese flame tree, sapium, and more.
In all parks, smart water devices were installed in drinking water machines and toilet tanks and water saving plants were planted in accordance with the Agriculture Ministry's parameters.