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First Train Leaves Jerusalem's New Station

JNN News, Sep 23, 2018

The first train left Jerusalem's Navon station (opposite Binyanei Ha'Uma) at 12.30 pm on 20 Sept. 2018 on what was billed as a special test run rather than the official launch. The train was scheduled to make it as far as Ben Gurion airport because electrification on the section between the airport and Tel Aviv has not been completed. PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz attended the ceremony in Jerusalem as the first train left the station. Optimistic estimates say it will take another 3-6 months before the line is fully operational. In the first stage there will be only one train per hour between Jerusalem and Ben Gurion airport station where passengers will change to a diesel train. When fully operational there will be one train every 15 minutes. The line is designed to connect Israel's capital to the Greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area and the central region and relieve traffic congestion. Travel time from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the last stop on the line, is meant to be 28 minutes. (Globes)

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