Jerusalem light rail’s new ‘Blue Line’ approved

February 15, 2016 19:45

The Jerusalem Municipality’s Regional Committee for Planning and Building on Monday approved a new, 20-kilometer-long second light rail line.

The Blue Line, as it has been named, was initially approved by the city’s Planning Committee late last month. It will serve up to 250,000 residents from Gilo in the south, to Ramot in the north. A second part of the line will also traverse Malha, Emek Refaim and Ramot.

“The city’s residents will be able to enjoy shortened travel times, fewer traffic jams, cleaner air, and exciting urban renewal,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said of the light rail extension.

Meanwhile, a third route, to be called the Green Line, which will run from Mount Scopus to Gilo, is awaiting approval, the municipality said. According to Nadav Meroz, who is in charge of implementing the Blue Line, the project will take several years to complete.

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