Israel Braces for 8-day Shutdown of Tel Aviv-bound Trains

Three main Tel Aviv railway stations will be out of service beginning Monday for infrastructure work.

An Israeli soldier waits for a train at a train station.
Tomer Appelbaum

Three main Tel Aviv railway stations will be out of service beginning Monday morning for the next eight days. Commuters from the north will board shuttles from Herzliya to Tel Aviv and more buses to Tel Aviv from various cities will be added to the lines.

The Savidor, Hashalom and University stations will be closed until September 27 for Israel Railways infrastructure work. Trains coming from south of Tel Aviv will stop at Hahaganah station, and from the north – the most crowded of the Israel Railways lines, from Binyamina to Tel Aviv – the trains will run as far as Herzliya. Express trains between Haifa and Tel Aviv will be out of service.

The Herzliya station, from which shuttles operated by Israel Railways will depart for Tel Aviv, will act as a gateway for Tel Aviv-bound commuters. The station’s parking lot will be off-limits to private cars and turned into a bus depot for the duration.

Because of the expected congestion, Israel Railways has recommend commuters from Haifa take a bus Tel Aviv. Extra buses will operate on that line, by order of the Transportation Ministry.

Israel Railways has asked Tel Aviv-bound passengers not to bring bicycles aboard the train due to the expected overcrowding and the need to change from train to bus in Herzliya.

The night train from Nahariya to Ben-Gurion International Airport will run only as far as Herzliya during the infrastructure works. Instead of the night train, free shuttles will run between the Herzliya station and the airport in both directions.

The Jerusalem (Malha)-Herzliya line will operate in both directions during this period only between Beit Shemesh and Lod.

The main work is to be carried out between Savidor and University stations. Israel Railways said that for the purposes of building track and electricity infrastructure for electric trains on the fast line to Jerusalem currently under construction, it is widening the railway between the Herzliya and University stations and doubling the number of tracks in this segment.

The rail company said because of expected heavy traffic it recommended that passengers use “one of the alternatives proposed by Israel Railways and the Transportation Ministry. Among these alternatives is a special line detouring Tel Aviv to operate between Nahariya and Be’er Sheva, in both directions.” The train will stop at Nahariya, Acre, Kiryat Motzkin, Kiryat Haim, Hutzot Hamifratz, Lev Hamifratz, Haifa, Binyamina, Herzliya, Lod, Ramle, Kiryat Gat, Lehavim and Be’er Sheva stations. These will trains will operate once an hour between 4:59 and 9:30 A.M., and between 12:59 and 7:27 P.M.

Another special train line will run during this period between Binyamina and Hod Hasharon, twice an hour in both directions, stopping at the Binyamina, Caesarea-Pardes Hannah, Hadera, Netanya, Beit Yehoshua, Herzliya, Bnei Brak, Petah Tikva, Rosh Ha’ayin, Kfar Saba and Hod Hasharon stations.

During the eight-day period, the Transportation Ministry will also operate frequent shuttles, free of charge, between Tel Aviv’s Hahaganah station and Herzliya. More buses will also be put on the routes from various cities to Tel Aviv, including from Haifa, Binyamina, Zichron Yaakov, Hadera, Netanya, Kfar Saba, Hod Hasharon and Rosh Ha’ayin in the north, and Rehovot, Rishon Letzion and Beit Shemesh in the south.

Moovit, a firm that recently launched a public transportation application for carpooling, announced that for the eight-day shutdown of the three Tel Aviv stations, carpoolers will ride for free, while drivers who picked up carpoolers will continue to be paid by Moovit.