The future plan, which will contribute to economic growth and a significant improvement in quality of life in the city, will include the transition from a few lines to an integrated, high-quality public transportation system based on advanced networks of public transport lines and roads, as befits a metropolis of a million residents.
According to the plan formulated by the Tochnit-Av Jerusalem Transportation team, with the assistance of international experts, the second stage began in the spring of 2011. The Jerusalem municipality has accepted full responsibility for building the next series of light rail lines, in order to improve the quality of the work.
Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Yisrael Katz and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat recently presented the next stage in the master transport plan. The plan, which will cost about NIS 8 billion, includes the construction of four more express lanes for the Light Rail and buses; a new entrance road to the city near Motza (Highway 16), and four more vital roads in the capital.
Work is currently underway to extend the Light Rail route southward, along Hantke Street and toward Hadassah Ein Kerem. In addition, work will begin on extending the line northward towards the Neve Yaakov neighborhood, before the end of 2011.
The following routes, currently in the planning stages, are expected to begin operation by 2015:
- The Hebrew University campus line – extensions from the main Light Rail line to Givat Ram and Mount Scopus.
- The Public Transport Route: the Blue Line, which will include extending the existing Har Chomah-Har HaHotzvim route south to the Gilo neighborhood, and west, to the Ramot neighborhood.
- The Yirmiyahu Public Transport Lane – the Green Line, beginning at the Central Bus Station, along the following streets: Yirmiyahu, Bar Ilan, Hativat Harel and Sderot Eshkol - to the French Hill (Givah Tzarfatit) intersection.