Israel Railways passenger traffic up 6%

Israel Railways  picture: Ben Yuster

For the first time, more than 200,000 passengers now travel by train in Israel every day.

Israel Railways reported a 6% increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2015. Israel railways carried 25.9 million passengers in the first half of 2015, compared with 23.7 million in the corresponding period of 2014. In its financial report for the first half of 2015, Israel Railways said that it is now for the first time carrying more than 200,000 passengers each day, up 11% from 180,000 per day in the corresponding period of 2014.

Israel Railways reported revenue of NIS 375.5 million from passengers in the first half of 2015 compared with NIS 345 million in the corresponding period.

In the first half of 2015, Israel Railways transported 3.7 million tons of cargo, up 3% from 3.6 million tons in the corresponding period.

Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir said, "Next month the company will begin operating the new Negev line linking Ashkelon and Beer Sheva via Shderot and Netivot and at the end of the year a station will be opened at Ofakim on this line."

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on August 25, 2015

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