More Israelis travelling by train

Israel Railways' passenger traffic was 12% higher in 2013 than in 2012.

Israel Railways today reported a new record in the number of passengers. According to data for 2013, Israel Railways carried 45 million passengers, 12% more than in 2012. The growth continues the trend in passenger traffic, which began in 2012 after three years of stagnation.

Most of the growth was due to the opening of new lines, such as the line to west Rishon LeZion, the double-tracking of the line to Beersheva, and the commissioning of new rolling stock and locomotives.

During 2013, Israel Railways put into service 18 new double-decker carriages, which increased its capacity by 20,000 seats. It also put into service 15 locomotives. According to Israel Railways' data for 2013, the average percentage of trains on time rose to 93.3% from 90% in 2012.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 9, 2014

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