Tel Aviv light rail contract awarded

The Tevel consortium controlled by Egged has been awarded by the NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. Tender Committee the contract to operate and maintain the Tel Aviv light rail Red Line. Egged has a 51% in the consortium, which also includes Chinese companies Shenzhen Metro (30%) and CCECC (19%). The Red Line operator will be responsible for routine maintenance for all the light rail’s operations from training and placement of drivers and ticket conductors through to managing maintenance contracts and railcar maintenance as well as the railways systems and infrastructures. The operator will have to comply with 17 service criteria including punctual operating timetables, availability of trains, safety, cleanliness, and accessible information for passengers.
The contract is for 10 years with an option for an additional six years. The tender win is subject to approval by the Israel Antitrust Authority. The other two biders were the Nahor consortium led by the Dan Bus Cooperative with Beijing Metro and Israel-Canada (Derekh Eretz) with Guangzhou Metro.
The Red Line, which will be the first line in the Greater Tel Aviv Metropolitan Mass Transit System, will run from Petah Tikva through Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv and Jaffa to Bat Yam. The line is scheduled to begin operations in October 2021.