Israel Railways carried 48.5 million passengers in 2014, a 7.5% increase, compared with 45.1 million passengers in 2013. The growth was due to better service, new routes, more frequent trains, and more stringent adherence to timetables. The punctuality rate was 95% in 2014, compared with 93% in 2013, 90% in 2012, and 87% in 2011. Railway cargo totaled 7.5 million tons in 2014, compared with 6.7 million tons in the preceding year, a 12% increase.
In June 2014, Israel Railways adopted a new timetable, changing completely the method of operation from the past 16 years. The new timetable included more trains, a change in operating hours and consistency in hours.