Owing to the nation’s advanced tech and innovation, Israel has revealed its plans to build a high-speed rail connection between Haifa and Tel Aviv, which will cut short the travel time to just 30 minutes.
The National Infrastructure Planning Council announced on Monday that the project will substantially decrease the time taken to travel from Haifa to Tel Aviv, which currently stands at around one and a half hours. Another plan in the works is a high-speed train connecting Beersheva to major points in the country.
The Haifa-Tel Aviv project will cost NIS 12 billion ($3.8 billion), and when completed by 2040, the train would travel at 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour). Two underground lines will be added to the existing surface level routes in Haifa and will stop at four suburban stations, Lev Hamifrats, Kiryat Hamemshala, Bat Galit, and Hof Carmel. The current lines that stop at those stations will instead be dedicated to a fast train service running from Nahariya in the north to Tel Aviv, passing through Haifa.
It is estimated that travel times between Nahariya to Tel Aviv will be 54 minutes instead of the hour and 40 minutes of today’s journey, and Haifa to Tel Aviv, with one stop in Hadera, will be just half an hour.
Shlomi Heisler, chair of the planning council, said the project “will propel the entire Haifa metropolitan area forward, a fast and efficient electric train connection from the heart of the metropolis to the high-speed train network,” reported The Times of Israel.