The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed railway has been delayed six months, according to a statement released today by Israel Railways. Originally scheduled to begin running on March 30, the state-owned company now estimates a late-September opening. The news came one day after Globes reported that engineers and safety experts warned of a possible disaster if the train begins operating next month.
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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