A high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem rail is coming down the track. It is set to open in 2018, this extraordinary rail route will revolutionize travel between Israel’s two biggest cities.
After donning a hardhat, safety vest and construction boots, I recently got a personal peek at the future high-speed railroad linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
This rail line will revolutionize travel between the country’s two biggest cities, bringing residents and visitors into the heart of Israel quickly for work or leisure.
Currently it takes about an hour to drive the approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, though traffic jams often lengthen the trip. An old scenic train route chugs along from the remote southwest corner of Jerusalem, winding around the hills and making several stops before reaching Tel Aviv two hours later.
When it opens in the first half of 2018, the high-speed route will take less than 30 minutes, including a stop at Ben-Gurion International Airport. It will service Tel Aviv’s existing four railway stations and a new transportation hub alongside Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station and light-rail stops.
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