A roller-coaster train

If approved, the tunnel would run under Harakevet Street along Mesila Park from the Liberty Bell Garden to the Oranim junction, leaving Emek Refaim untouched and preserving Mesila Park.

August 31, 2017 20:02
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A roller-coaster train

The light rail [seen here at the Ammunition Hill station] could destroy Emek Refaim Street: Give the road back to the neighborhood.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The emotions of the residents of the German Colony and the Katamonim neighborhoods continue to swing between hope and frustration. Will the light rail’s Blue Line run along Emek Refaim Street or not? Will it affect the Mesila Park? Will someone in charge – the Transportation Ministry, the municipality, the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan or anyone else – ever be bold enough to make a final decision on the matter? The answer is not blowing in the wind; it is stuck inside large offices of high-ranking officials, leaving thousands of residents in uncertainty.

Three weeks ago, it seemed as if, against all odds, a bold decision was finally made by Transportation Minister Israel Katz. After hearing during an unofficial meeting between some of the parties involved that the project was causing significant distress to the residents along the route, he instructed his assistants to “do anything needed to ensure that residents won’t suffer.”


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