Israel allocates NIS 15 million for Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s ambitious ‘peace train’ to carry passengers & cargo from the Israeli Mediterranean coast to Jordan, or if there is a peace agreement between all the countries, on to Iraq & Saudi Arabia.
By Ofer Petersburg
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s ambitious plan to connect extend the railroad tracks from Beit She’an East to the Sheikh Hussein crossing at the Jordanian border was allocated NIS 15 million in the 2019 budget.
The funds will be invested in planning the extension of the tracks to the border crossing.
Israel’s Transportation Minister Israel Katz proposes rail link to Jordan, Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Transportation Minister Katz, “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to call the train station that leads to it after President Trump, following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
– WATCH video of station construction
By UDI SHAHAM, JPOST.COM STAFF
A new train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump, announced Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Tuesday.
“The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to call the train station that leads to it after President Trump following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” said Katz. Continue Reading »
The first tunnel boring machine, ‘Golda’, named after Israel’s first female Prime Minister, begins working on Tel Aviv’s light rail train route.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The first excavation machine for the light rail route in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area has been named ‘Golda,’ after the late Prime Minister Golda Meir.
The excavation machine ‘Golda’ began work today (Sunday) to clear land for the laying of the tracks, which will serve Tel Aviv and surrounding parts of the Gush Dan region in the center of the country.
Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) digging planed underground electric light rail train route – [illustration] YouTube
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said: “Golda Meir was the first [woman] to serve as Prime Minister, and was one of the six who laid the cornerstone here. Continue Reading »
Minister of Transportation Katz orders plans drawn for high-speed railway extension from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, allowing riders to get from an underground station in the Old City, close to the Western Wall, to Tel Aviv in under half an hour.
By Ofer Petersburg
Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Yisrael Katz has instructed the ministry’s staff to promote the planning of an extension to the upcoming high-speed railway line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem so that it extends into the Old City, near the Western Wall. As part of the project, an underground stop will be built in the Western Wall area. Continue Reading »
The one hour Tiberias to Tel Aviv train is forecasted for operation within 7 years: ‘We will connect the Galilee with the start-up & high-tech Israeli nation.’ says Public Transport Minister Yisrael Katz.
By Ofer Petersburg
An express train which will enable travellers to travel between Tel Aviv and Tiberias in just one hour is being planned by Public Transport Minister Yisrael Katz.
Building the railroad between Afula and Tiberias – Photo source: Ynet
Katz approved the continuation of the high speed train between Afula and Tiberias as part of a project to expand the train network in the north on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
The construction seems endless, but only a projected 18 months remain until the 28-minute high-speed train route, with Israel’s longest bridge, its highest, a nature reserve, and the Mideast’s largest tunnel, from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is to open.
By Ofer Petersburg
For years, we’ve heard talk of the fast train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Innumerable data, schedules, company names, problems, disagreements—but as of late, this grandiose project has been transforming into something real. You can already sense its impending grandeur: passing on bridges over beautiful abysses, travelling several minutes in a dim tunnel, and emerging from the earth to discover Jerusalem before you. Continue Reading »
Around 500 anti-Israel posters nefariously placed on London’s Tube as part of BDS’s ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ sparks outrage.
• PM Netanyahu rejects Knesset member Lapid’s claim of credit for the removal of the posters.
By Shlomo Cesana, Israel Hayom Staff & Reuters
Around 500 anti-Israel posters are being removed from London Underground trains after sparking outrage that echoed all the way from the British capital to Jerusalem.
Anti-Israel posters on a London Underground train
The posters were put up by pro-Palestinian activists as part of the annual “Israel Apartheid Week,” which began in the United Kingdom on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for Transport for London, the authority responsible for the underground “Tube” network, said the ads had been posted without authorization and constituted “an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously.”
Some of the posters claimed that British-made weapons were used by Israel to “massacre” Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014. Continue Reading »
Now that their city is connected to the country’s national rail network, residents of Sderot will be able to reach Tel Aviv in just under 60 minutes.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu: This is a milestone in the realization of the vision of connecting all of Israel.
By Gadi Golan & Israel Hayom Staff
A new train station in the southern city of Sderot was inaugurated on Tuesday in a festive ceremony attended by top government officials.
Israel’s New Rocket-Proof Rail Station Opens in Sderot
By linking up to Israel’s national railway system, Sderot residents will be able to reach Tel Aviv in just under an hour. Continue Reading »
In an unfortunate freak accident in the Negev, a train hits group of camels. Police currently working to find the owners.
Israel Railways reports, ‘Animals wandering onto tracks do get hit by passing trains from time to time,’
A train ran over a group of camels, leading to massive delays for passengers and an untimely death for the desert animals.
An Israel Railways train traveling from Dimona to Beersheba Tuesday night hit and killed 14 camels that were on the tracks, near the Segev Shalom Junction. After the incident the train continued on its way and completed the journey without additional incident. Continue Reading »
Israel Railways took the unprecedented step of running trains for the first time into and out of Jerusalem during Shabbat to aid people escape the worst of the storm.
By Ryan Jones
The massive three-day winter storm that slammed Israel over the weekend finally came to an end on Sunday, though its effects were still being felt throughout the country, especially in Jerusalem and the Galilee.
Thousands Fleeing Jerusalem During Massive Winter Storm – Photo source: Israel Today
During the height of the storm, hundreds of people were stranded on the roads leading in and out of Jerusalem, and thousands fled the capital via train. Continue Reading »
New rail-line draws fire from social activists, environmentalists, and Ephraim Halevy, an ex-Mossad chief warned that Chinese involvement might harm Israeli interests.
By Zafrir Rinat
‘The fast track to approve the train to Eilat is liable to turn into a fast track to destroying nature in the Negev and damaging the Gulf of Eilat,’ said the Enviornment Protection Ministry.
l committee approved on Sunday a train route between Tel Aviv and Eilat, the most expensive transportation project Israel has ever undertaken. – Photo: Dov Greenblatt – Simulation: Tomer Harari
Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz was the only one who opposed the rail line. Continue Reading »
Former Mossad director criticizes efforts of PM & Transportation Minister Katz for advocating for Chinese involvement in establishment of train route to Eilat, claiming it could lead to crisis in US-Israel relations.
Transportation Ministry: State will make final decision based on existing options
Former Mossad head Efraim Halevy warns that plans being pushed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz calling for Chinese involvement in the establishment and operation of a railway line to Eilat, could harm Israel’s strategic agreements with the US, and help China make itself a major world power in line with the US, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Continue Reading »
Disruptions started last Wednesday as 42 engine drivers, about 20% of the country’s drivers, announced their sudden ‘illness’ just as a new schedule went into effect with more trains to make traveling more accommodating for the passengers.
The trains are expected to run on schedule Sunday, despite the ongoing tension between Israel Railways management and the train drivers, which led to the cancellation of 40 trains last Thursday.
Passengers boarding an Israel Railways train in Tel Aviv, (illustrative) – Photo: Daniel Bar-On
Sanctions started last Wednesday when 42 engine drivers, about 20 percent of all the drivers, announced their sudden illness just as a new schedule went into effect with more trains, including direct lines from Ashdod and Ashkelon to Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »
New train tracks planned for Eilat will go through desert & wildlife reservations despite environmental groups objections. Tracks planed to become operational in 2019
The Southern Zoning Committee approved a bid by the Israel National Roads Company to build new train tracks in the country’s south, despite an environmental impact report that deemed the project harmful, Yedioth Aharonoth reported.
The train track are expected to run though plant and wildlife reservations, as well as known hiking trails, but unlike similar projects that aimed to minimize their environmental impact, the new project will not make use of the usual solution of tunnels, as suggested by the Environmental Protection Ministry Israel Nature and National Parks Service. Continue Reading »
Israel Railways just added 72 additional coach cars to an existing order of 150 double-deck coaches, with its 1st delivery expected between 2014-2015.
Israel Railways (ISR) this week signed an order for 72 additional double-deck coach cars from Bombardier Transportation, in addition to the original 150 coaches ordered as part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010.
This week’s contract, worth $158 million (122 million euro) brings the total number of new double-deck cars for Israel Railways to 222. The new coaches are an improved version of the trains currently in operation. The first coaches of the improved model entered passenger service on December 1, 2011, according to a release by Bombardier. Continue Reading »