Photo Credit: Haim Zach / GPO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, and the mayors of the southern towns on an Israel Railways train.

Israel Railways has announced it will expand its operations to provide 24 hour service in southern Israel this spring.

Currently, train service begins at 6:00a.m. and ends at 12:00a.m.

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The new lines will run hourly between Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

People in both the north and south of Israel will also be able to reach Ben Gurion International Airport at night by switching at Tel Aviv’s Savidor-Center station.

The southern line is considered to be one of the most successful and growing train lines in Israel, with approximately 420,650 passengers traveling each day.

The night lines are expected to raise the number of passengers by tens of thousands per month.

“Israel Railways is growing quickly,” said a statement by Israel Railways.

“In addition to opening new lines and new stations, we are always working to improve the service offered by existing lines…. We decided to extend the service in the area so that it will run 24 hours a day.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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