Jerusalem light rail may be used in part soon

December 2, 2010 03:12

In response to a CityPass request for an additional seven months to complete test runs on the oft-delayed light rail project, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat suggested a partial solution to the project’s contractors. Rather than waiting for the entire system to be ready, Barkat recommended that residents be allowed to travel on the central part of the system alone for a nominal fee. The current deadline for the light rail is April 7, 2011, though CityPass has asked for an extension until November 2011 in order to carry out additional tests and install traffic lights.

The project was originally supposed to be finished in 2007. The mayor put forward his suggestion as a way to ease the burden on businesses in the city center, and “reducing public suffering,” the municipality said. The central part of the system could be running as early as the summer, sources said.

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