Test drive of the light rail in Jaffa.
October 21, 2021 (NATA)
The Neta company that built the red line of the light rail in the center raised new demands from Tebal, which won the tender to operate it.
Following the operating tests, Neta recognized the need for additional operating personnel at the stations and the need for additional changes beyond those stipulated in the tender won by Tevel, and now the companies' teams are discussing the additional cost to the state of the changes.
The signing of the updated operating agreement, which is required before handing over the project to the operating company, is expected in just two weeks.
The operation of the red line of the light rail in the center continues to be delayed.
The event was originally scheduled for October 2022 and postponed to November 2023. And as published in Vala, the current date is in May, most likely in the second half of the month.
This is despite the fact that Transportation Minister Miri Regev announced about two months ago that the line will open by Independence Day, or measures will be taken against Neta.
The light rail cars await operating approval at its technical center in Petah Tikva (Photo: Reuven Castro)
After signing the final operating agreement, the Ministry of Transportation should approve the handing over of the project to Tevel, which should receive its full 45 days of operation before moving to commercial operation.
During those month and a half, the company is supposed to practice operating the stations, the validation devices, along with operating the trains at a higher frequency.
The current schedule places the opening date about two months and a week from now, in preparation for the school summer vacation, and many Israelis going on vacation abroad, which should help the world cope with the demand for travel on the line, which will initially operate at a rate of about 50% of what was planned. The Red
Line It will operate between Petah Tikva and Bat Yam, while between Petah Tikva and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa border it will pass through an underground route as a subway. 10 of its 34 stations are underground, which in an emergency can also be used as huge shelters for thousands of people.
Neta is already working on extending the line to Rishon Lezion, up to the Moshe Dayan station, so that it can also be used by those coming to the new employment area in the Alef complex.
The Ministry of Transportation has already allocated NIS 100 million for the planning of the extension, which will include an additional route 2.5 km long and 4 additional stations. The construction cost will be over a billion NIS. As revealed in Walla,
another delay was also registered in the opening of the extensions of the Red Line of the light rail in Jerusalem. The operation of the new sections between Mount Herzl and Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, and between Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Ya'akov, is now planned for the month of July, another postponement of one month.
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