Israel to start operating Jerusalem-Tel Aviv rail line this spring

Israeli Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz announced that the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv fast rail line will begin operating on 30 March. The electrified trains will travel up to 160 kilometers per hour and complete the 56 kilometer journey between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv via Ben Gurion airport in just 28 minutes.
In the first experimental stage, only one track will be used, with trains running every half an hour in each direction. In the second stage, after a running-in period of several months, both tracks will operate and there will be trains in each direction every 20 minutes. In the future, the line will be able to operate six trains per hour in each direction at peak times. The line is expected to carry 4 million passengers annually.

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