Jerusalem light rail must begin service within weeks

July 6, 2011 17:22


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After weeks of rumors that the light rail’s start could be delayed as long as January 2012, transportation officials made a surprising announcement on Wednesday: arbitrators ruled that the train must begin service in approximately five weeks, no later than August 19.

Officials from CityPass, the conglomerate that runs the train, originally placed the start date after the holidays in the fall, owing to the fact that 100 traffic lights still needed to be reprogrammed to give preference to the trains.

Late on Tuesday night, arbitrators ruled that the train must start operation without preference from the traffic lights, as the State had requested. 

CityPass called the decision a "shame" and said it would lengthen the time of the train's path from one end to the other from 40 to 80 minutes.

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