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Jul 31, 2013

More trains on the Jerusalem - Bet Shemesh - Tel Aviv line!

In an update from the Ministry of Transportation about new train lines and schedules, one of the items is of particular interest to those of us from Bet Shemesh and Jerusalem:

The Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line, which passes through Bet Shemesh, is being upgraded and an additional four trains per day are being added to the schedule. There will also be an express train along this route that take just 1 hour and 7 minutes to travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv! No details of this express train yet; time of day, will it stop in bet Shemesh but not at the other stops or will it not stop at all, how many a day, but it is something to look forward to!

According to Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz, this route has seen an increase in passengers by 90%!!

Modiin people might also be interested to know that an additional train was added to the morning schedule (at 7:25 AM), and an additional train is being added from Tel Aviv to Modiin in the evenings at 16:58.

For more details of updates on other lines, see the MOT update.

Minister Katz said that the train Authority has continued to see consistent growth in use of the train systems, by 12% per year. He considers it a national objective to encourage mor epeople to use public transportation rather than private cars. Traffic jams cause millions of work hours to be wasted each year, terrible pollution, traffic accidents, parking problems, and people arrive at their destinations calmer, healthier and more productive.

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1 comment:

  1. Most of the Brit Shemesh commuters travel to Tel Aviv in the morning and back in the afternoon. The trains are very full between 7:08, and 8:08, so logic would be to add an extra train in the direction of Tel Aviv. But the great wise guys in Israel Railways have added 2 extra trains going to Jerusalem in the morning and 2 back in the afternoon.


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