New J’slm-Tel Aviv Train Line Makes First Test Run

'This is a fast train which will take 28 min­utes to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,' said an Is­raeli min­is­ter.

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: Wal­ter Me­tuth (I24NEWS.COM)

An ex­press-train route be­tween Jerusalem-Tel Aviv made its first test run last Sunday, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Is­rael’s Chan­nel 2.

“This is a fast train which will take 28 min­utes to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” noted Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Yis­rael Katz. “This will en­sure Jerusalem’s sta­tus and will give peo­ple the abil­ity to live in it, to set up busi­nesses and will com­pletely change the con­nec­tion be­tween Jerusalem and the rest of the State of Is­rael.”

The new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line was tested with a freight train weigh­ing some 1200 tons that was used to help as­cer­tain the strength of the route’s bridges and rails. The freight train was also in­tended to help sta­bi­lize the line’s con­crete and tracks.

The re­port also said that the route’s en­tire in­spec­tion process will last ap­prox­i­mately a week, and if all goes well, the line will open in April of next year.

The con­struc­tion of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem ex­press-train line, is ex­pected to cost some NIS 7 bil­lion ($1.8 bil­lion). The route will pro­vide com­muters be­tween both cities with a much more con­ve­nient op­tion of travel in terms of time. By car or bus, the com­mute be­tween Tel Aviv and Jerusalem takes close to an hour with­out traf­fic.

An old train line from the Ot­toman era, which is still in use and a much more round­about route than the new train line, takes ap­prox­i­mately an hour and a half to travel be­tween both cities.

The con­struc­tion of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem ex­press-train line, is ex­pected to cost some NIS 7 bil­lion ($1.8 bil­lion). The route will pro­vide com­muters be­tween both cities with a much more con­ve­nient op­tion of travel in terms of time. By car or bus, the com­mute be­tween Tel Aviv and Jerusalem takes close to an hour with­out traf­fic.

“This is a fast train which will take 28 min­utes to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” noted Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Yis­rael Katz. “This will en­sure Jerusalem’s sta­tus and will give peo­ple the abil­ity to live in it, to set up busi­nesses and will com­pletely change the con­nec­tion be­tween Jerusalem and the rest of the State of Is­rael.”

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