This video from a German rail enthusiast shows that the Tel Aviv Red Line
is really taking off and looks likely to be joining the Jerusalem line as,
on a passengers per route km basis, the most successful new light rail
projects in the world. Also visible at the beginning is the typical German
push-pull double deck interurban/intercity train manufactured by
Bombardier, but in this case propelled by diesel-electric until
electrification in progress is extended.
On Wednesday, 30 August 2023 at 19:05:38 UTC+10 TP wrote:
> The first line of the Tel Aviv light rail (Red Line) has opened. There
> will be three lines. The Red line uses coupled 30 metre CRRC trams, the
> Green will use Alstoms and the Purple CAFs. The Red line is 24 km long, of
> which 12 km is underground. There are 34 stops, of which 10 are
> underground. The trams are driven by line-of-sight on surface, but are GoA2
> automated underground, with fully-enclosed stations with platform screen
> doors, metro-style. It runs at up to 80 km/h underground. Regardless of the
> metro-like character of the light rail underground, Tel Aviv is building a
> metro system as well, to serve the greater conurbation of Tel Aviv which
> contains over 4 million people. The metro will also have three lines, the
> longest of which will be 85 km, about 20 km longer than the Tallawong to
> Bankstown metro in Sydney. The Green line will be the longest light rail
> line at 39 km, but, like all the light rail lines, is intended for local
> traffic along the route.
> Tony P
> On Saturday, 26 August 2023 at 00:33:45 UTC+10 TP wrote:
>> It's quite normal to use double deck trains in Europe and Israel on what
>> we'd call interurban/intercity long-distance services. This is not like the
>> Sydney suburban system, which is unique.
>> The Israeli railway system serves only a handful of suburban stations in
>> Tel Aviv and Haifa as part of longer journeys, cities that are mainly
>> served internally at present by bus, though there is a funicular subway in
>> Haifa and a metro system is being built in Tel Aviv. In addition, Tel Aviv
>> is building a light rail system and Jerusalem already has light rail.
>> Electrification of Israeli Railways is progressing slowly, so the existing
>> fleet of double deck trains, which are the same push-pull Bombardier type
>> that you see in Germany, but diesel-electric, will eventually develop into
>> a fully electric fleet as the electric network grows, with these new
>> Talking of light rail in Israel, am I the only person who thinks the tram
>> tracks with the third APS rail in George St, Sydney is extremely ugly?
>> Compare it with this photo of Jaffa Street in Jerusalem with overhead wire.
>> What exactly has been achieved by way of street beautification in Sydney
>> by this enormously expensive and unreliable extravagence?
>> Tony P
>> On Friday, 25 August 2023 at 18:51:52 UTC+10 Greg Sutherland wrote: