Israel’s Transportation Minister says planned Old City train-station, named after US President Trump, will be an extension of the high-speed line from Tel Aviv to the capital, taking passengers almost directly to the Western Wall.
– Plans include construction of 1.8 mile-long tunnel beneath Jerusalem.
Israel is moving ahead with a rail project that will include a new station in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, transporting tourists to the Western Wall directly from Ben-Gurion Airport.
The station will apparently be named for U.S. President Donald Trump.
The plan means a new terminal for the current express line that links Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in 32 minutes.
The project will involve the construction of two new stations and a new 1.8 mile-long tunnel under downtown Jerusalem and the Old City.
The route, which has not been announced publicly, has been approved by the Knesset’s Planning and Construction Commission.
The Transportation Ministry said in a statement that the project was initiated in 2017 by Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who was at the time the transportation minister.
Katz was the one to confirm that the station will be named for the president in April 2019.
Here, in the Old City of Jerusalem, we will build the Western Wall & Temple Mount train station. It will be named after @realDonaldTrump, who made history and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The official announcement will take place on Israel’s Independence Day. pic.twitter.com/0b40afUngj
— ישראל כ”ץ Israel Katz (@Israel_katz) April 30, 2019
Current minister Bezalel Smotrich has hailed the plan as an “historic” development.
He called it “very good news for Israeli residents and the millions of tourists who come to Jerusalem.”
A budget of $700 million was suggested when the initial plan was presented.
The new line between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was inaugurated in December 2019, 11 years after it was due to open and at more than twice the original cost.
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