Na 15 jaar begint alsnog de aanleg van een lightrail annex metro in Tel Aviv. Laten we hopen dat drama’s als in Amsterdam en rampen als in Keulen vermeden kunnen worden. In dik vijf jaar hoopt men klaar te zijn. Misschien kunnen we dan rechtstreeks van het treinstation naar het strand?
Work begins on Tel Aviv light rail
15 years after the cornerstone was laid, bulldozers begin work Wednesday on the underground section of the line.
20 September 11 19:12,
Wednesday morning, the bulldozers will begin working at three sites on the Tel Aviv light rail's Red Line.
In contrast to the elaborate cornerstone laying ceremony 15 years ago in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (in his previous term) and then-Tel Aviv Mayor Roni Milo, tomorrow's event will be low key, possibly in remembrance of the previous embarrassing ceremony.
At the same time, there will be a change in personalities at , the government company in charge of the project, after the Ministry of Finance revoked Metro Transport Solutions' (MTS) concession in 2010. Galit Assaf Shenhar, who has served as general manager since Yishay Dotan was ousted in June 2010, will turn over the reins to Yitzhak Zochman formerly deputy director general for infrastructure development at the Ministry of Transport.
In 2006, after two years as economic advisor to the director general of the prime minister's office she joined NTA. That year MTS, a consortium of (TASE:), Egged Bus Cooperative, Siemens and Portuguese and Chinese companies won the BOT tender to build and operate the project for 25 years. NTA's role was secondary: to promote the plan, clear infrastructures on the route and engage in information activities.