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The newly-built and functional express train between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem, along with its 150 passengers, got stuck for a little over an hour in a tunnel Monday afternoon on its way to Jerusalem.
Rabbi Josh Yuter, a passenger on the train, told the Jerusalem Post that "there was an electrical problem and they couldn't move any further."
Yuter was on his way home to Jerusalem from work in Tel Aviv when the train came to a sudden stop. Eventually, they said they'd return us to Ben Gurion," he said. "Everyone was surprisingly calm about everything."
"Everyone has cell phones, so they were all pretty docile," Yuter stated when asked to elaborate. "Normally, there are many families with kids on their way back from travelling, since the train is from the airport, and the kids grow impatient, but it's basically a bunch of adults, remaining calm."
The train returned to Ben Gurion Airport after about an hour and a half of standing in the tunnel.
The Knesset's Economic Committee, lead by MK Eitan Cabel, is planning to meet Wednesday morning for an emergency discussion regarding the repeated failures of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train line.
"The project is one of the largest failures of the past few years," Cabel stated. "The professionals will have to give us answers."
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