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Opening of Jerusalem Light Rail

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 19, 2011

I never thought that I would ever live long enough to ride the Jerusalem Light Rail! When my son started high school at Netiv Meir in Bayit veGan, my husband told him that soon he would be able to take the train to school. Well, Binyamin just graduated and isn’t keen on going back for another year just to enjoy the new transportation arrangements.

Baruch and I rode the entire line. With the various delays, technical problems, and uncoordinated traffic lights, it took us about three hours to do the entire route. Originally the lights were supposed to give priority to the tram but many haven’t been timed yet, so the tram still gets stuck in traffic jams. I made the video above while going over the Calatrava bridge. I suspect that it might be the first video on YouTube taken by a passenger on the train. The rest of the videos seem to be test runs.

Driver

Jerusalem Light Rail, Opening Day

Jerusalem Light Rail, Opening Day

I’m glad we started early because by late morning the train was packed.

The end of the line: the Mt. Herzl station with the Calder sculpture on the left and the platform on the right. Beyond the vertical sign is an elevator that takes you to underground parking and public bathrooms.

End of the line

Soldiers on their way to the funeral of St.-Sgt. Moshe Naftali, z”l, who was killed in yesterday’s terror attack in Eilat.

Soldiers on way to funeral

Coming back from Pisgat Zeev and Shuafat, a lot of people got on — Muslims going to the Old City for Ramadan prayers (they were really dressed up) and Jews going to the center of town or just checking out the Light Rail. An old woman sitting beside me had an Arabic version of the Light Rail map.

Arabic light rail map

Public transportation, the great leveller

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4 Responses to “Opening of Jerusalem Light Rail”

  1. Wow, that looks pretty cool… So how long ago did they mention they were intending to build one, and how long did it take once they started ??..

    • Avital said

      More than ten years. And it’s left the downtown a mess, forced people to move or close their businesses, ran way over budget. Your usual bureaucratic nightmare.

  2. Debbie said

    Three hours? WOW! My son went today and he said it was almost impossible to get on. And, the a/c wasn’t working well. I hope to get a chance to take a ride one day this week. Nice photos and videos.

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Really? I was thinking, at the time, that the a/c was working remarkably well, considering how crowded it was. Glad you liked the videos!

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