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Posts Tagged ‘Israel Railways’

‘Someday This Will Be a Peace Train’

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted Tuesday that someday the Haifa-Beit She’an railway line would be “a peace train.”

Speaking at the dedication of the new line at the railway station in Afula, Netanyahu said that he’s looked at the Jordan bridges and the Yarmouk bridges in his travels on the job.

He said it was a good day, also because “Today, we blocked an attempt by the Palestinians to join INTERPOL as a member. It was a difficult effort, but it produced results. It reflects what I have been telling you is happening, which is a change in Israel’s international standing and an expansion of our ties with different countries,” he said.

Netanyahu warned, however, that there would be “other attempts now, especially at the Security Council, and I hope we can block them.” Nevertheless, he said Israel is “bursting onto the global scene” and he maintained the phenomenon would ultimately be reflected in all United Nations and international bodies.

“So we have a past, we have a vibrant present and we will also have a future,” he said.

“I believe some day this train will be a peace train,” he said. “I know that is not what they’re saying around us today. But we have a peace agreement with the Kingdom of Jordan, and these goods, which already pass from the port of Haifa to Beit She’an, can easily reach the Jordan bridges, be connected to transportation arteries, including trains, and create a new future.

“It will not happen in a day or two,” he continued, “ but it could take a year, two years, or a little longer. I believe it,” Netanyahu said. “I believe it can give us hope, it can give us the fruits of peace, not only for us, but for our neighbors as well.”

Hana Levi Julian

New Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Train Line to Reach Temple Mount / Western Wall, Just in Time for Moshiach

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The new upcoming high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will also stop at the Western Wall, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced Tuesday.

The line will end with a tunnel reaching around the Old City to a terminal close to the Western Wall, he told a meeting with officials from the Transportation and Finance ministries, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

There has also been some discussion about an extension of the current Jerusalem Light Rail north to Neve Yaakov, and south to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Such an extension is intended to relieve crowding at the main station in Jerusalem, making it easier for Israelis and foreigners, locals and tourists, to reach the Western Wall. In addition, once the Third Temple is rebuilt, it will allows Jews around the country to easily and quickly travel to the Jewish people’s holiest site for the holidays.

The Mikdash Movement praised Minister Katz, who is also a Kohen, for the plans for extend the train to the Temple Mount.

Katz also said, “This will allow thousands of workers to commute to Jerusalem, and to arrive in the capital quickly and comfortably.”

The project has been in the works since 2001. Projected to cost an estimated NIS 7 billion ($1.8 billion), it’s expected to reduce travel time on the train line between the two cities from 78 to 28 minutes. The original Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway line was built during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

The train is expected to be ready for passenger travel by Passover 2018, just in time to bring the Pascal sacrifice.

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Could this be the Third Temple train stop?
Original photo by: Zack Wajsgras/Flash90
Hana Levi Julian

Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir Steps Down

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The CEO of Israel Railways, director-general Boaz Tzafrir, has resigned from his position after spending five years leading the railway.

Tzafrir first announced his intention to resign in April of this year, saying he wished to return to the private sector.

“I had the privilege of serving in a complex and challenging role, and I am grateful for the opportunity given me to do so,” Tzafrir said in his statement announcing his resignation at the time. “I feel that I personally have completed most of the tasks I set myself. This involved dealing with daily difficulties and challenges. The goals were reached thanks to remarkable teamwork on the part of many people in Israel Railways.”

Tzafrir thanked Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and the company’s board of directors for their support “along this challenging road,” adding that he was “happy and proud” that Israel Railways is a “socially aware, transparent, highly professional company that is service-oriented.”

Israel Railways went from decades of losses to two successive years of net profit under Tzafrir’s leadership, according to the Globes business news site.

Deputy director-general Benny Lavie has stepped in to fill the post, Israel Railways announced Tuesday, pending selection of a new CEO for the railway.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

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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

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