Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is extending the line of the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem train to reach the Kosel. According to Katz, the train will continue via an underground tunnel for an additional two kilometers to the Kosel.
Katz feels the extension of the line will reduce the crowds at the Binyanei Ha’uma Station and the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. The route of the train will circumvent the Old City and stop in proximity to the Kosel. The train is expected to begin operating by Pesach 2018. According to the initial plan, the train line was to end at the new Binyanei Ha’uma station but it will now continue to the Kosel.
The fast train line budget is NIS 7 billion and the line will pass Ben-Gurion International Airport and Modi’in. The train will travel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 28 minutes.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)