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Posts Tagged ‘Israel Railways’

Commuter Alert: 3 Tel Aviv Train Stations Close for 8 Days

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Israel Railways has announced that for the next eight days, three of the four main Tel Aviv train stations will be closed for business in order to carry out infrastructure work.

The work is being carried out in order to prepare for the new fast rail line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, which is hopefully set to begin operations in two more years.

But this week’s closure, meanwhile, is only adding to the already congested situation on the railway line that links Tel Aviv with the rest of the country, so here’s all the info you ever wanted to know about which trains are running where, when and how.

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All of the Tel Aviv stations except Haganah will be closed down from Monday, Sept. 19 until Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 05:00 am. These include Hashalom, Savidor Central and University stations.

Changes that will be made to the remaining, reduced operating lines include the following:

Trains SOUTH OF TEL AVIV: These will end at Haganah station.

Trains NORTH OF TEL AVIV: These will end at Herzliya.

Suburban lines: Trains from Binyamina will operate to and from Herzliya.

There will be no Tel Aviv-Haifa express trains. There will, however, be a special express train bypassing Tel Aviv, between Be’er Sheva and Nahariya, and trains between Binyamina and Hod Hasharon.

Night trains between Nahariya and Ben Gurion International Airport will also operate to and from Herzliya.

The Herzliya-Jerusalem (Malha) line will operate between Beit Shemesh and Lod only, according to the Globes business news website.

There will also be special shuttle bus service to replace those trains that are not running during the infrastructure work, and existing bus service will run more frequently.

“We are aware of the inconvenience caused by these works, and are acting together with the Ministry of Transport to provide travel alternatives,” Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tsafrir told Globes.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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

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