Tel Aviv from the air (Photo: mfvgml/Pixabay)

ISRAEL: Tel Aviv urban transport project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems has selected the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Tramway consortium of Alstom, bus operator Dan Transportation and infrastructure contractor Electra to finance, design, built, operate and maintain the light rail Green Line.

Tel Aviv light rail Green Line map

The north – south line will be 39 km long with 63 stops, including 6 km and four stops underground. Two southern branches will start at Agricultural Center and at Moshe Dayan in the city of Rishon LeZion, which is expected to be a major source of traffic, and join at HaNesi’im in Holon to run through central Tel Aviv as far as Einstein Street, where the line will divide into the two northern branches terminating at Herzliya and Neve Sharet.

Work is scheduled to start within 12 months of contract signing, with the line expected to open in 2027. The consortium will operate the line for 25 years.

Alstom told Metro Report International it was ‘looking forward to signing the contract and begin the project execution.’

Tel Aviv’s Red Line is currently being built by China Railway Construction Co subsidiary CECC, while NTA has selected CAF and Shapir to build the east – west Purple Line.

‘This is a great event for residents of the Greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area’ said Haim Glick, Chief Executive Officer of NTA. ‘The light rail network has taken a tremendous step forward, with joint Israeli-international teams chosen to lead the Tel Aviv metropolis towards a new, safe and convenient public transport future. This is a huge and complex endeavour, and I am convinced that the winning bidders will vindicate the trust placed in them and will prove their ability to lead the project safely, on time, and in keeping with the expectations of the residents of the Greater Tel Aviv area and all the passengers. I would also like to thank the members of the tenders assessment committee for the tremendous efforts they made throughout this process.’

  • Read our article about the development of the Tel Aviv light rail network in the February 2022 issue of Railway Gazette International.