The light rail in Jerusalem (Photo: Omer Miron)
Jerusalem is increasing investments in public transportation and cycling.
Last week, the Municipal Finance Committee approved a series of infrastructure projects, which includes a budget of about one billion shekels for transportation infrastructure, most of it to finance the continued development of the light rail network and alternatives to the use of private vehicles.
The plan will be brought to the City Council for approval at its next meeting.
665 million shekels will be invested in the expansion of the light rail network, which already includes the red line that is currently being extended to Hadassah Ein Kerem and the Neve Ya'akov neighborhood, the green line under construction, and the blue and purple lines that are in the tender.
The amount includes about NIS 322 million for planning, management and supervision services of the light rail project;
About NIS 116 million for the implementation of infrastructure 1 works in section 24 of the Blue Line - Hebron Road, between Naomi Vinovski streets (about 1.2 km); about NIS 113 million for infrastructure 1 works from the Pet intersection to Persa Street, as part of the construction of the Blue Line And about NIS 111 million for infrastructure works 1 in sub-section 23 of the blue line along Hebron Road between Zvi Neuman and Ein Gad streets (about one kilometer). The master plan for transportation and the Moriah company will be responsible for the execution.
Visualization of the blue line on Emek Refaim Street in Jerusalem (Photo: Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan Team)
NIS 97 million for about 90 km of public transportation routes. About NIS 66 million is intended for the early planning of highways in Ma'ale Darga (Har Huma) and the roads Beit, Kulitz, Yigal Yadin, Uzi Narkis, the Uma Azar Ha'Iai'i buildings Givat Shaul, and more.
Approximately 16 million shekels are intended for the preparation of the streets of the tribes of Israel and the Prophets in preparation for the diversion of the highway from King George during the period of the works for the establishment of the Blue Line. The works include temporary traffic arrangements for the period of execution: the construction of railings, fences, temporary traffic signs and temporary signs. Approximately 15 million Shekels will be used for the continuation of works for the construction of an intersection in sections B and G on the Begin road.
200 million shekels.
The amount is divided between NIS 80 million to continue the construction of a Shazar settlement near the nation's buildings and a parking lot with 1,300 parking spaces above which a level separation will be made to create a tunnel for vehicle traffic, in preparation for the opening to the public in September, and NIS 50 million to be used to promote availability to Route 22, the additional entrance to the industrial zone and the employment in Mount Hutsavim from the direction of Yigal Yedin Boulevard (Route 9). The 1.3 km long road includes a bridge over Nahal Scofus, which will connect to the Ramat Shlomo interchange and include an interchange for the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. About NIS 70 million is intended to speed up the implementation of the grade separation project at the French Hill intersection .
Roads: NIS 158 million.
About NIS 78 million for roads in the east of the city, including the Al-Thun Al Muhajar road and access roads to educational institutions and kindergartens in Abu Tor, Umm Tuba, Issawiya, Jabal Mukhabar and Shuafat.
50 million shekels will be used to plan and promote the availability of Highway 437, towards Binyamin, including the expansion of the section of the road to two two-lane lanes and a freeway in each direction. About 30 million shekels are intended for the expansion of the Hosan-Elazar road.
about 25 million shekels for planning and making bicycle paths Throughout the city, including NIS 10 million for the planning and execution of bicycle paths in the eastern part of the city, additional bicycle paths on Shabtai Hangabi and Mor Gila streets, Meir Feinstein-Raziel in the Governor's Palace, a bicycle path and tactical markings on Golomb Street, as well as the construction of rails for cyclists throughout the city to carry bicycles on stairs. 900 thousand Shekel will be used to continue the deployment of the urban bicycle rental system throughout the neighborhoods of the city, Europan.
The Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon, explained that "the budgets approved at the start of the new fiscal year will allow for the promotion and acceleration of infrastructure works in our capital Jerusalem. The budget will be used for the establishment of light rail lines, road infrastructure and public transportation in all parts of the city and will allow the city to be freed from traffic jams and will enable efficient public transportation , fast and 'green'".