TEL AVIV (Aug. 23)
The Tel Aviv municipality has adopted in principle a plan for a suburban commuter rail service linking, in the first stage, the center of Tel Aviv with the town of Petah Tikva to the northeast.
The first stage of the plan, drawn up by the Israel Institute for Transportation Research, calls for construction of a 16-kilometer line between Tel Aviv and Petah Tikva, to be served by eight-car trains running at two-minute intervals. Cost of the first stage is estimated at $65 million.
The Tel Aviv municipality hopes to interest commercial firms in participating in the project, but expects the government to pay for a large part of the project. The electric rail line would start by using the line of the Ayalon limited-access high speed roadway crossing Tel Aviv from north to south, work on which is now proceeding at a quick rate.