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Tel Aviv Light Rail Will Not Run on Shabbat

(JPost) The long-delayed Tel Aviv light rail will not operate on Shabbat and holidays, it was announced on Tuesday, August 8. The decision is a blow to activists who had been pushing for the opening, both of the light rail and of buses.

Tel Aviv’s much anticipated partly-above ground and partly-below ground train broke ground in 2011, with the most recent promise to be opened by the end of 2022. The project continued to see multiple delays–partly due to a malfunction in the brake system–which has led to Tel Avivians watching empty trains go by for months now.

However the delays are over for some residents. This is as the Red Line, which runs from Bat Yam to Petah Tikva through Jaffa and by Rothschild, is set to open next Friday, August 18. The line consists of 34 stations and will run throughout the day with a frequency of every six minutes.

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