Tel Aviv Light Rail Completes First Test Drive

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The Tel Aviv light rail on its first test run, yesterday, in a screen capture of an NTA video.
The Tel Aviv light rail on its first test run, yesterday, in a screen capture of an NTA video.Credit: NTA / Facebook

The Tel Aviv Metropolitan light rail system underwent its first test following six years of work on early Thursday morning, when two trains made their way from Petah Tikva to Bat Yam via Jaffa’s Jerusalem Boulevard.

The 24-kilometer journey was the first time that trains operated on the NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System’s Red Line, which will be one of four operating in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa metropolitan area starting in 2023.

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According to the NTA, the Red Line “will be the ‘backbone’ of the mass transit system, and will pass through the most congested regions of the metropolitan area, serving the greatest number of passengers when compared with future lines to be constructed in the framework of NTA’s transit vision.” Trains on the line, which will be partially underground, are slated to run approximately every three minutes.

“We made history today, we practically traveled from Petah Tikva to Bat Yam. For the first time, we opened the line from side to side with a perfect system in terms of electricity, carriages and tracks,” NTA CEO Haim Glick said in a statement. “We still have a lot of systems coordination work ahead. But this is a historic day.”

Further tests are expected in the coming weeks.

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