Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced Thursday that the planned railway between Akko and Karmiel will be a heavy rail route. Katz chose heavy rail over the alternative light rail option that was discussed because he estimated it would better serve the residents of the north.
The route will be made up of a 23-kilometer track that runs parallel to highway 85. Two stops are planned along the tracks, one in Achiyehud and the other at the entrance to Karmiel.
The cost of the project is estimated to be NIS 2 billion and the proposed deadline is 2014. After the track is completed, it will take passengers an hour and fifty minutes to travel from Karmiel to Tel Aviv.
Katz said that choosing the heavy rail option made it possible to continue the track northwards, towards Safed and Kiryat Shmona.