In Compromise, Public Security Minister Will Allow Launch of Work on Tel Aviv Light Rail

Work will begin on August 2, with traffic jams stretching far from the city possible.

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
A rendering of Tel Aviv's planned light rail.
A rendering of Tel Aviv's planned light rail.Credit: TheMarker
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is expected to announce Thursday that he will allow the start of excavation work for the Tel Aviv-area light rail in three of the eight sites in the project’s first segment.

The work would begin on August 2 — a comprise and a way to gauge the effect of the construction on the public, officials say.

“Work on the Tel Aviv light rail will proceed in full, precisely in accordance with what was agreed to with the police, and in keeping with the published timetable,” the Transportation Ministry said Wednesday.

“It is up to the public security minister to ensure that the police perform all the tasks that they have been given and that they are prepared for the assignments they have taken on.”

The three sites are on Carlebach Street and the intersection of Allenby and Yehuda Halevi streets in Tel Aviv, and one site in neighboring Ramat Gan.

A week ago the police showed Erdan projections for the work’s impact on public security and quality of life for area residents. According to the police, the construction work in the Tel Aviv area will create traffic jams that range far north of the city, as well as to Modi’in in the southeast and Ashdod in the south.

Earlier this week, Erdan harshly criticized the Transportation Ministry for its allegedly faulty preparations, telling police officials he would try to postpone the start of the work.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has said Erdan has no authority in the matter and that the work would begin as scheduled. State Comptroller Josef Shapira has said he would examine the authorities’ preparedness for infrastructure work.

The police say the Transportation Ministry has not provided emergency routes as promised, and only three of the 36 parking lots due to open on the city’s outskirts — to let drivers park and enter town on public transportation — have opened. And not all the public transportation lines are ready either, the police say.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Prime Minister Yair Lapid, this month.

Lapid to Haaretz: ‘I Have Learned to Respect the Left’

“Dubi,” whose full name is secret in keeping with instructions from the Mossad.

The Mossad’s Fateful 48 Hours Before the Yom Kippur War

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer