Operation of Jerusalem light rail delayed by Knesset

By MELANIE LIDMAN
August 14, 2011 17:08

 
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In another setback for Jerusalem’s light rail, the Knesset on Sunday delayed the implementation of a law that regulates light rail systems, which was supposed to be a requirement before the light rail begins operating, a date that is still set for Friday, August 19. Citypass, the conglomerate of companies that runs the train, denied that the delayed law would have any affect on operations.

The light rail is still missing a major safety permit called the Independent Safety Assessment, which is awarded by an international body. The train cannot carry passengers without the permit.

Gitit Sheinen, the legal advisor of Citypass, told the Knesset Economics Committee that the company  “was doing everything possible, within the time frame, to have limited operation at the end of the week.”

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