New train line expected to launch April 7.
Photo: Gabi Menashe
Good news for those commuters who are tired of being stuck in the heavy traffic jams along the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway: As of April 7, Israel Railways is set to resume its old Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line after a seven-year break.
The bad news is the trip is expected to last 73 minutes.
The line, which connects the capital to the country’s center and passes through Beit Shemesh, was terminated in July 1998 due to poor maintenance of the train tracks that resulted in the derailment of a number of train cars.
Trains coming in from Tel Aviv are expected to pull in to Jerusalem’s newly constructed train station, which is located near the Malha Mall and The Teddy Kollek Stadium.
During the first phase, 30 trains will run along the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem line every day, 15 in each direction.
According to the Israel Railways schedule, the first daily train will leave Jerusalem at 6:14 a.m., and the last one will depart at 9:09 p.m.
The first daily train from Tel Aviv en route to Jerusalem will leave at 5:39 a.m., and the last one will head out at 20:34 p.m.; during the ride, which is expected to last 73 minutes, the train will stop in Lod, Ramle, and Beit Shemesh.
In addition, four daily trains are scheduled to make stops at Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo.
The train ride from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to cost NIS 19 (about USD 4.50), while a bus ride in the same direction currently costs NIS 17.70 (about USD 4.20).
The construction of the fast train line from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, which will pass through Ben-Gurion Airport and the city of Modi’in, is expected to be completed in 2009.
A ride on the fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is expected to take only 29 minutes.
The Tel Aviv-Beit Shemesh line has been running since September 2003.