Israel Railways is to undergo a major overhaul in the next few years, including a conversion to electric engines and the building of new stations.
Transportation Minister Israel Katz this week approved the landmark NIS 28.3 billion, four-year budget for the project – the largest amount ever allocated to Israel Railways.
Converting the entire rail system to run on electricity entails new rail cars, tracks and infrastructure, for which a budget of NIS 12b. has been allocated.
The ministry told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the conversion will be done in several stages, with some lines ready before 2020 and the rest later.