Jerusalem light rail on bridge 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Yet another delay is looming in the commencement of Jerusalem’s light rail, with
CityPass, the company constructing the project, requesting seven more months to
finish planning traffic lights and test drives.
Originally slated to
start operating in 2007, the project is now scrambling to meet an April 7, 2011
deadline, but CityPass’s request means the light rail would begin working only
The city of Jerusalem and the Transportation Ministry see
absolutely no justification for the delay, Shmuel Elgrabli, a spokesman for the
project, said on Monday.
The first arbitration meeting on the dispute
took place on Sunday. Sources say the trains will most likely begin running
around the summer, even if the entire project still needs finishing touches at
In related news, “dynamic tests” will commence on the Bridge of
Strings Monday night, with trains moving on it at speeds of up to 40 kilometers
per hour, carrying sandbags weighing as much as 500 passengers. Just over a
month ago, “static tests” allowed the engineers to measure weight and stress on
On Sunday, the city will begin paving the first 12
kilometers of the 107-km. bicycle path network. The initial segment will be in
the Mount Scopus area, to serve the Hebrew University students who use bikes as
a means of transportation.