Mynet is reporting that the new opening date for the Jerusalem high-speed rail to Tel Aviv is Sukkot eve. As reported by re:Jerusalem, the previous opening was delayed due to warnings by engineers and safety experts that the train was unsafe. Sukkot begins this year on September 23rd.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) is expected to be among those who could replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if the Prime Minister’s legal troubles cause him to resign. The train would be a major accomplishment for the minister giving him an incentive to push the project forward.
Initiated in 2001 and touted as the largest infrastructure project in the country’s history, the line required the construction of 57km of rail, 7km of bridges, 38km of tunnels, and a train station that delves 80 meters below ground. There are also plans for future extensions to Downtown Jerusalem and the Old City.
Once completed, the high-speed train line will transport passengers between Israel’s two largest cities in just under 30 minutes.
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