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Passengers waiting for a train .

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.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. This could be a very bad move – electrified railways with overhead wires are vulnerable to disruption eg terrorism. They are not so very reliable at the best of times. They need to go for the British-type third-rail system which will also have the advantage of keeping people off the tracks who should not be there. A 750 volt conductor rail on the ground is a good deterrent.

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