The National Infrastructure Committee has sent the two northern sections of the Greater Tel Aviv light rail to the cabinet for approval. A single track is involved at the beginning of the approved section, starting at Shai Agnon Street near Sde Dov Airport and continuing towards Einstein Street, which it splits into two tracks. One goes eastward towards Ramat Hahayal, and the other northward to Hasira Interchange in Herzliya, where a maintenance facility will be built.
The now-approved northern section is 18.5 kilometers, and it includes 26 railways stations. The Planning Authority says that since the original plan refers to a track to be laid as a continuation of Ibn Gvirol Street reaching to what is now Sde Dov Airport, the plan now approved is also proposing a track along Levi Eshkol Street, in case the vacating of Sde Dov Airport does not take place according to the planned timetable.
Six months ago, the National Housing Board approved southern and central sections of the Green Line. The southern section begins with two branches, one under the Moshe Dayan station in Rishon Lezion and the other in the old Rishon Lezion industrial zone near Beit Dagan Junction. The branches meet on Sokolov Street in Holon, from where the line continues to Tel Aviv, and crosses the city from south to north.
The section to Ramat Hahayal, which will pass major arteries in Ramat Aviv, including Einstein, Levanon, and Rosenfeld Streets, was approved despite objections filed in late April by a group of 200 Ramat Aviv residents.
In May, NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. published tenders for management of the Green Line and Purple Line (eastward from Tel Aviv to Yehud) projects, and a tender for planning engineering work on the two projects.
Published by Globes [online], Israel Business News - www.globes-online.com - on June 21, 2017
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