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The best-laid plans
How does work on a NIS 10 billion project grind to a halt? With the realization that a small but significant detail has been overlooked. It has been determined that the projected route for the light rail’s Green Line runs too close to the new Prime Minister’s Residence to be located near the city’s western entrance.
The close proximity poses sensitive security issues. Moreover, the light rail is designed to have priority over other vehicles, but official convoys running there several times a day would take precedence and delay rail schedules.
This line has been in the planning stage for nearly a decade, but now new solutions are being explored, such as an alternate route or a tunnel, which will add about a billion shekels to the cost of the project. Because work on the Green Line has stopped until the issue is resolved, hope to inaugurate the line in 2024 has significantly dimmed.
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