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Israel Commences Construction of a Mass Rapid Transit System

By 08/11/2023 9:39 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


Wednesday saw the laying of the foundation stone for the Blue Line, an innovative mass transit system that will link Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion, Nes Ziona, and Rehovot.

It is anticipated that the Bus Rapid Transit system will handle 56 million passengers annually, or around 77,000 passengers per day. The Blue Line will have 44 stops, a length of 23 kilometers (14 miles), and will run every 6 minutes during peak hours.

Modern, high-capacity electric buses that travel on a dedicated, segregated route make up the basis of the transportation system. Buses are given the go-ahead at intersections and stop signs, ensuring on-time arrival and a better travel experience.

The buses and the stations will both have electronic displays that will provide position and arrival times in real time. In Israel, the BRT system has been running in the metropolis of Haifa for ten years with excellent success.

The Transportation Ministry underlines, however, that more modern vehicles with quiet, clean electric propulsion and the latest innovations in technology will operate on the Blue Line.

The Ayalon Routes Company is constructing the line, and it is scheduled to open in 2028. The anticipated price of the construction is 2.9 billion shekels ($790 million).

Regev’s ministry stated last week that the first line of the Tel Aviv Light Rail would begin service on August 18. After receiving all necessary safety certifications, the 24 km (15 mi) Red Line connecting the seaside cities of Petach Tikvah (east of Tel Aviv) and Bat Yam (just south of Tel Aviv) has been given the go-ahead. The $5 billion project, which was originally slated to debut over two years ago, was frequently delayed by flaws, notably those in its signaling and emergency braking.

The line, which has 33 stations, extends in both directions from Bat Yam to Petach Tikvah through Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, and Ramat Gan. The route is subterranean for the first half. Although the length of the grace period is still up for debate, it is planned that the Red Line will launch with a period of free rides.

Additionally, this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a 100 billion shekel ($27 billion) plan to build a high-speed rail line connecting the country’s north and south. Additionally, shipping commodities from Israel to Saudi Arabia would be possible with such a train connection.

According to Netanyahu, any Israeli citizen should be able to travel to or from the country’s core in less than two hours from any location. Most of the time, less than an hour, sometimes even less,


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