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Canadian transport equipment manufacturer Bombardier has pulled out of a consortium bidding to build and operate Tel Aviv's first light rail. Bombardier was part of the Adanim consortium which includes Property & Building (Nechasim v'Binyan), the French RATP, and Dan bus cooperative.

A Dan spokesman confirmed Bombardier's withdrawal, saying the consortium would meet soon to decide what to do. Yossi Cucik, chairman of the board of NTA, the government body responsible for overseeing and planning the project, yesterday said he was unaware of the decision. Other than Adanim, there are three other consortiums, each made up of local and foreign transport companies.

The first line of Tel Aviv's mass transit rail system will be the 22-km red line from Petah Tikva to Bat Yam, via Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Most of the line will be at street level except for the central 10-km stretch from Jabotinsky Street, Ramat Gan, through downtown Tel Aviv, which will be underground.