Addition of the second track cuts travel time on trains between the cities from 90 minutes to 55 minutes.
Israel Railways today opened the second track on the Tel Aviv-Beersheva line, cutting travel time to 90 minutes to 55 minutes. The upgrade of the Tel Aviv-Beersheva line included the construction of 19 road-rail separations and scores of bridges.
At the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz said, "The upgrade of the line brings the periphery closer to the center of the country, and broadens the employment and residential opportunities for residents of the Negev and the south. The new line will raise real estate values in communities along the route."
Katz added that the Tel Aviv-Beersheva line will run 24 hours a day, just as the lines from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv and Nahariya operate, and that Israel Railways would soon add more nighttime trains to and from the airport.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on July 15, 2012
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