Express Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Train Only Goes Halfway
17 years in the making, the new train route launched Tuesday only gets as far as Ben Gurion International Airport, 19 kilometers southeast of Tel Aviv
The complete 57 kilometers-long route, intended to take just 28 minutes, currently has no official launch date.
Currently, the only train route connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is a 19th-century railway, which takes about 90 minutes to complete.
The Israeli government first approved the plan to build an express train line connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in 2001. Originally due for completion by 2008, the project was estimated to cost NIS 3.2 billion (approximately $900 million), at the time. Current estimates are at NIS 7 billion (over $1.9 billion), according to Israel’s national train company Israel Railways Ltd.’s website.