Israrail train Bombardier 311.
(photo credit: Bombardier)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid the cornerstone Tuesday for a rail
station in Netivot, the middle stop on an Ashkelon-Beersheba line that promises
to transport passengers between the two southern cities in under 50
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The new route, set to begin operating in 2015, will also include
stops in Ofakim and Sderot.
The line is one of several ongoing projects
at Israel Railways, including the Tel Aviv- Jerusalem high-speed rail (slated
for completion in 2017) and Tel Aviv-Bnei Darom (set to be ready in
Plans are also in the works for Kiryat Motzkin-Karmiel, Haifa-
Beit She’an and Hod Hasharon- Herzliya lines, as well as an extension to the Tel
Aviv-Modi’in line to reach Jerusalem’s International Convention Center (Binyanei
Israel’s national rail carrier is struggling to rehabilitate its
image after a spate of recent train accidents, including a collision last week
near Netanya that injured dozens and caused disruptions to weekend rail
Last month a brake malfunction led to fire breaking out in a Tel
Aviv-bound train from Nahariya, causing smoke emission but no
In December, 120 people were hurt when a gas leak caused a fire
on a train near Netanya, forcing some passengers to evacuate through
That incident spurred Israel Railways to pull dozens of
carriages out of service to be examined, curtailing service throughout the
country for some three weeks.