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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Israel Railways’

Israel Railways Back on Track

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Israel Railways was back on track Sunday night, with full service fully restored by the end of a very long day for Israeli commuters and IDF soldiers.

Maintenance work that began on Saturday night and continued through the daylight hours on Sunday kept thousands of people off the rails and instead packed into buses and private vehicles.

An estimated 150,000 travelers were affected by the scheduled infrastructure work.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Railways Runs Free Memorial Day Shuttles to Cemeteries

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Israel Railways is running a free shuttle service Wednesday between the train stations and main cemeteries from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The shuttle service runs to nearby cemeteries from the following train stations:

Nahariya, Kiryat Motzkin, Binyamina, Caesarea-Pardes Chana, Hadera West, Netanya, Herzliya, Kfar Saba Nordau, Rosh Haayin, Petach Tikva Segula, Petach Tikva Kiryat Aryeh, Tel Aviv University, Lod, Rehovot, Ramle, Patei Modiin, Jerusalem Malcha, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat and Kfar Saba (center).

Hana Levi Julian

Train Hits Man Near Be’er Sheva

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

An Israel Railways train struck a man Thursday night in southern Israel near the Goral Junction, about five kilometers from Be’er Sheva.

The accident shut down a number of tracks, but trains continued to run on a single line.

The identity of the victim was withheld pending notification to next of kin. It is not clear what the man was doing on the tracks.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Railways Lays New Tracks for High-Speed Train to Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The long-planned and long-delayed high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is getting closer Israel Railways has begun to lay tracks for the western section of the line in the Ayalon Valley, west of Jerusalem.

The target date for launching passenger train on the new line is January 2018, 17 years after construction began.

The project is costing approximately $2 billion and includes five tunnels and 20 bridges. Israel Railways also announced that the new passenger line between Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon will begin operations in September.

Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir said Monday:

The Negev railway is first and foremost a Zionist project. The direct line between Ashkelon to Be’er Sheva through Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim – will boost employment in southern Israel, attract young couples to the region, and increase the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of southern Israelis.

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Israel Railways Workers Set to Strike

Friday, May 29th, 2015

IDF soldiers and thousands of Israeli commuters may have to find another way to get around next week.

Israel Railways workers are set to strike Sunday (May 31) according to a statement Thursday by the Workers’ Committee after a labor dispute appeared to have passed the breaking point.

It’s not clear how long the strike will last, if one actually materializes.

The job action follows “continuation of unilateral steps taken by management and systematic violations of agreements,” said the head of the workers’ union.

Workers said they have previously warned the management of Israel Railways they would strike, but their grievances were ignored.

Management responded to the threat with a statement of its own, saying it “regrets the irresponsible behavior of the workers’ committee at the expense of the citizens of Israel…. The committee was offered a number of attractive options but internal disagreements prevented them from reaching a consensus.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Railways Going ‘Electric’

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Israel Railways, which until now has used diesel to fuel its trains, is converting to electricity in a move that is expected to bring a 20 percent savings in energy costs. The plan is also expected to save the railway 30 percent in maintenance costs, while increasing the speed and reliability of the trains.

The plan advanced by Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz was approved this week by the ministerial committee for internal affairs, services and local government.

A complex system of control systems, transformer stations and at least 420 kilometers of existing and planned railway lines is set to be “electrified” under the plan.

The first electric train arrived in Israel last March; lines to be converted first will be the rapid-transit Tel Aviv-Jerusalem route and the Akko-Karmiel line, both of which are currently being built.

Hana Levi Julian

Negev Loses Airport Night Trains

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Residents of southern Israel – particularly those living in the periphery communities in the Negev – will no longer have the option of taking the train to and from the airport after 11:00 p.m.

A spokesperson for Israel Railways told The Jewish Press on Thursday morning the service just didn’t pay for itself. “The government and the railway company made the decision together,” said the spokesperson, who added the figures totaled only an average of five or six riders per night on the line. “It wasn’t cost effective.”

Instead, it was decided the Metropoline Bus Service will take over the route, she said. Bus #469 will begin at the Arlozorov station in Tel Aviv and then make a stop at the airport, travel to Kiryat Gat and then go to the central bus station in Be’er Sheva.

That’s a solution for folks who live in the city of Be’er Sheva itself, perhaps – but what about those who live in the small periphery towns where bus service doesn’t exist overnight?

“Tough luck, baby,” said one consumer. “We’re stuck with paying hundreds of shekels for travel after 11 pm, just like we always have – and that after first spending hours traveling to the other cities just to get a little closer. Instead of paying NIS 600 to get home, I end up paying NIS 300 from Be’er Sheva, but spend three more hours after a 12-hour flight and another hour or more in baggage claims. Forget it.”

The Negev region comprises 60 percent of the nation’s land mass – but its travel network has yet to be developed to the point that even half of its communities have any access to railway service at all.

When asked why there is still no railway branch route to Arad, for example — while Dimona, a city of similar size and population, has had one for several years – the spokesperson for Israel Railways could not find a reason. Arad, a ‘clean air’ resort town located about 45 minutes east of Be’er Sheva and 25 minutes west of the Dead Sea, is in the midst of a major development boom due to the expansion of Route 31, which runs between the two points.

The Nevatim air base is located near Route 31 – described in Hebrew media as ‘death road’ due to the high number of motor vehicle fatalities that have occurred along the highway — as is the Nahal army base at Tel Arad.

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