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August 21, 2011August 21, 2011  0 comments  Events

Jerusalem's brand new light rail service officially began operations on Friday and over 40,000 people used the service on its inaugural day.


Of course, the price was free - and will remain that way for two weeks after which time the price will be the same as a bus, or 6.4 shekel per ride, and for those with the special RavKav card they can have unlimited rides for 90 minutes.

Jerusalem Light Rail

Credit: AllaboutJerusalem.com


Official operating hours when fully opened will be 5:30 am to past midnight. 14 trains were operational on Friday.


Jerusalem's light rail was built at a cost of over  $1.4 billion and took over 10 years to  build. Former Israeli Prime Minister and Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert proposed the idea in the mid 1990's and the project was overwhelmed by a number of disputes which delayed its development and eventual opening. The rail links the east and the western parts of the city despite the fact that no final status peace agreement yet exists between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, immediately after the Six Day War.


To see a video on the new light rail click here:


Other Transportation News - New buses


The first of the new BRT buses are already operated by Egged along express routes in Jerusalem . These buses are 18 m long, with four double doors specially adapted to allow the entry of wheelchairs and baby carriages.

In the future, satellite information systems will be installed on the express bus lines and they will have priority at traffic lights all the way along the route. The 150 brand-new buses that will be arriving in Jerusalem during the coming year will meet the Euro 5 environmental quality standard and are considered particularly environmentally friendly.


The first high-speed route from Hebron Road to Ramot already serves tens of thousands of passengers, bringing them to the city center quickly and in comfort via four rapid transit bus lines.

For more information on the new train and bus line and the map, please visit AllaboutJerusalem.com's website. 



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