Tel Aviv's Light Rail Plan Is a Train Wreck

Senior transportation official: 'Maybe three people know something about railways' at the company responsible for building Israel's second light rail. Don't expect the first stretch before 2018.

Three months ago, the treasury tried to slash the transportation budget. The construction of two railway lines, one from Acre to Carmiel and one through the Jezreel Valley, was to be suspended. The Transportation Ministry vehemently opposed. A compromise was reached: The ministry suspended road paving and the transfer of funds for the Tel Aviv area light rail, a project already delayed. So Israel's most important...