The Yefe Nof Transport Infrastructures & Construction company has begun to place the first poles for the new cable car in Haifa. The device will be the first cable car used for public transportation together with buses, the railway, the Metronit rapid bus transit system and the Carmelit underground funicular railway. The cable car will connect the main transport station in Haifa Bay, with the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Haifa, the Ministry of Transport announced today.
The 4.4-kilometer cable car route will have six stations: one passenger station each in the central station in Haifa Bay, Technion, the University of Haifa, and one operational station each at the Check Post intersection, Dori Road, and Technion. The cable car is scheduled to begin operations in 2020.
Yefe Nof will place 36 steel poles along the cable car route with underground concrete foundations. The poles will be 4-30 meters high, depending on the topography and the surroundings. The difference in height between the central Haifa Bay station and the University of Haifa is 460 meters.
Carriages on the cable car will carry 10 passengers each. A carriage will leave each station every 15 seconds. The journey from the Haifa Bay central station to Technion will take 10 minutes and the journey from Technion to the University of Haifa will take nine minutes. The carriages will be accessible to people with disabilities. The cable car system will have 76 carriages carrying up to 2,400 people an hour simultaneously in each direction.
Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz said, "The cable car will be an integral part of the public transportation system in Haifa. It will significantly improve access to Technion and the University of Haifa and encourage tens of thousands of students and academics to travel by public transportation, instead of by private vehicle. It will also relieve the shortage of parking on the campuses and the streets leading to them, and the traffic jams on the main arteries on the Carmel slopes." The Ministry of Transport says that the new cable car will be integrated into the public transportation system, and passengers will be able to pay for it in any of the ways they currently pay for public transportation, including Rav-Kav cards, monthly passes, and discounted monthly passes for students.
Yefe Nof CEO Avishay Cohen said, "The lives of residents along the route will not be disturbed during the work, which will take only two years, because construction is taking place above the ground. Traffic disturbances or changes in traffic arrangementns will be announced in advance."
Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on February 12, 2019
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