Jewish Quater in the Old City of Jerusalem, 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/ The Jerusalem Post)
spokesperson for the Transportation Ministry on Thursday shot down the proposed
construction of a cable car system in Jerusalem, calling the plans
According to the Jerusalem Municipality proposal,
construction on the cable car would begin in 2015 with the goal of connecting
the Old City to the Mount of Olives and the Khan Theater. The system would be
capable of transporting over 6,000 passengers per hour, in roughly four minutes,
along the 1.6 kilometer route to and from the Dung Gate.
spokesperson, who requested anonymity, said that the figures provided by the
municipality are grossly inflated and that the cable line is not considered a
“This is not a proposal, it’s nothing more than [an]
idea, if that,” the spokesperson said. “The [transportation minister] has yet to
review this project and there’s no way such a cable car could transport as many
people as the municipality is claiming. It’s a big exaggeration.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement that the cable car system would
be instrumental in assisting the city to accommodate the millions of visitors to
the Western Wall and the Old City each year.
“Beyond being a
transportation solution, a cable car will be an innovative and unique tourist
attraction and offer breathtaking views of the city,” said Barkat. “It will also
strengthen and increase the number of tourists arriving in
Barkat added that the cable car would be integrated as a
supplement to the light rail line system currently traversing the
Nonetheless, the spokesperson dismissed the mayor’s claims as
“reelection rhetoric” and dismissed the idea as little more than a “tourist
attraction,” but not a viable transportation model.
“This is more about
his reelection than a serious model for the city’s infrastructure,” the
spokesperson said. “The infrastructure of the city is [an] extremely complicated
subject because of the sensitivity to the Old City. Any such plans are far from
A municipality spokesperson said in response, “Mayor
Barkat’s initiative, for the first time, advances a unique project that will not
only become a tourist attraction but will also serve as a transportation
solution for travelers to the Dung Gate and the Mount of Olives and will mesh
with the new light rail lines planned by the municipality.”
municipality is working to finalize planning, get the resources and advance the
proposal through various committees, all in an effort to bring the project to
fruition,” the spokesperson added.