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March 28, 2016 11:43 am

High-Speed Rail Between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Track to Open in 2018

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A bridge over Israel's Valley of Ayalon that is part of the ongoing construction of the high - speed rail between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A bridge over Israel’s Valley of Ayalon that is part of the ongoing construction of the high-speed rail between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The high-speed rail line that is currently being built between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will open for service in 2018, Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir promised on Monday to a group of Knesset members who were touring the ongoing construction work.

Travel time between Tel Aviv’s Haganah station and Jerusalem’s International Convention Center station will be half an hour. Service frequency will be four trains per hour in each direction. Trains will make an intermediary stop at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The maximum speed on the new line will be 99 miles per hour.

Tzafrir said the total cost of the project will reach $1.82 billion. The project requires the construction of six tunnels and eight bridges along the course of the line. It currently takes around an hour and 15 minutes to travel between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem by train on the old line built during the Ottoman era in the late 19th century.

(Exclusive from Israel Hayom.)

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  • Tzvi Kahn

    I have to commute from Jerusalem to the greater Tel Aviv area once a week & to be there by 8AM. Currently it takes me at least 1 & a half hours. This would make an appreciable difference for me & for the many commuters betweem Jerusalem & Tel Aviv.

  • Yehudit

    Nice, I guess. But what is really needed is high-speed train service between the Center and the peripheries, North and South. That would allow people to live where the costs are cheaper and the crowding is less but get people to jobs and goods and services to where they live. It might even get people working in places in the periphery (Beer Sheva, for instance) since it would be easy to commute there.

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