In August 2011, the first sectoin of Jerusalem's light rail line opened
for business. Construction continues on continuing the line to Ein
Kerem and Neve Yakov, and an extension to Kiryat Menachem is being
The first 13.8 km line between Pisgat Ze'ev and YadVashem was expected
to be fully operational in 2005. Eight lines are planned, including
three extensions to Line 1 (the Red Line) which is reportedly underway. A 21.9 km extension was originally scheduled to open in 2015 but remains in Flux.
In January 2016, the 20.3 km Blue Line was approved. The line will include 3 subway stations. Also in the planning stages is the 19.6 km Green Line, which will link Mount Scopus with Gilo and is ex[ected to be completed in 2024.
Originally designed as a light rail subway, the train's tunnel was converted to a road tunnel, and the tram runs completely on the surface.
In 2010, just under a kilometer of the line was functioning and between
interruptions on the street and the political turmoil and safety
concerns the government and the consortium were in perpetual quarrels.
Then again, who am I to know such things? If I guessed, it would
probably be wrong, so why I
Details remain to be ironed out, such as, will local terrorists'
suicide belts be considered carry-on? Once the entire system is built,
will it be divided into the Old Tramway and the New Tramway? And, if
one gets on a train before sundown Friday night, is it permitted to step off the train before sundown Saturday night, or can one do so if a gentile conductor opens
the doors? (The train will not run on Saturday but will also not be expected to attend synagogue.)
There are also legitimate concerns about safety. Already, one
prospective line through an Arab town has been cancelled due to a rash
of bus bombings by people from that area. There is also the question
of, if a Palestinian state were formed and the light railway went
through that area, should those living there benefit from the line?
According to the PLO, "By
using a the light rail system to integrate Occupied East Jerusalem into West
Jerusalem, Israel is furthering its stranglehold over the entire city".
It would force those in the Eastern part of the city to suffer the
inconvenience of using the light metro, bearing it's intense heat,
sticky grime and foul odors, rather than riding in the comfort and
convenience of air conditioned buses, some of which prefer not to serve
their neighborhoods since they have a tendency to blow up "real good"
after going through them. In addition,
land was seized from 15 families to put up a parking lot and a station. Adding insult to injury, Arab property values have risen due to the light rail construction and some clamor for an extension into Palestine. Where will it all end?
Jerusalem Development Authority light rail
From Mule Tracks To Light Rail Tracks by Robert Daniel and Marc Render is one of the best histories of the Jerusalem light rail that I have yet to read.
Official home page
Unofficial Home Page
Post article about the Jeresulam light rail line
considers light rail funding guaranteesJ erusalem Post,10/16/98
Official home page
Science Museum - Jerusalem's LRT project
Jerusalem Light Rail Project's Tram Drivers May Strike Before The Line Opens - Oy!
Twenty Kilometers of tunnels
are part of an Israeli Railways Jerusalem commuter rail that will link
the city with the rest of the country. Known as the Jerusalem Rail Loop, we've been unable to confirm the actual length, although the lines are being built.
People move like hot butter through the light rail construction on Jaffa Street. Who knew it would be so easy?
Each tram interior was specifically designed by Jewish mothers
with the coming of the Messiah in mind. Note the plastic sheetcovers on
the seats. He shouldn't get himself filthy if he decides to take
the tram on the way to bringing peace.