New Jerusalem-Tel Aviv night line to open in September

The new hourly night line is set to be active from Saturday to Wednesday and will be a direct line between Tel Aviv and Israel's capital, except for a stop at Ben-Gurion Airport.

The first direct train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (December 21, 2019). (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The first direct train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (December 21, 2019).
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Israel Railways will operate a night line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and vice-versa starting from September 18, the Transportation Ministry announced on Sunday evening. 

The new hourly night line is set to be active from Saturday to Wednesday and will be a direct line between Tel Aviv and Israel's capital, bar a stop at Ben-Gurion Airport.

It will pass through the Savidor Center station to the Jerusalem railway station on Yizhak Navon. On Thursdays, the night train will only operate from Tel Aviv to the airport due to construction work being done on Thursday nights in Jerusalem.

Michaeli underscores achievements in Transportation Ministry

On Sunday evening, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli boasted that her ministry managed to complete several projects, including the night train, "months in advance."

 Labor leader Merav Michaeli speaks to the media after voting in the Labor primary elections. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) Labor leader Merav Michaeli speaks to the media after voting in the Labor primary elections. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

"The ministry and I will continue to expand the train's activity all across the country, to allow the freedom of movement for every Israeli and to create a viable alternative to private vehicles," she added.

The Labor head has been active in her ministry's work during the election season. Last month, she caused a stir by expressing her intention to open the light rail, currently under construction, on Saturdays during Shabbat