The Blue Line project of the light rail in Jerusalem: the first construction tender has been launched

The financial scope of the first section of work in the Gilo neighborhood is approximately NIS 183 million; In the coming weeks, the tender for the second section of work, on the Golda Meir axis, is also expected to be published

Posted on: 2/14/21 6:57 PM

The project to build the blue line of the light rail in Jerusalem is advanced. The Jerusalem Municipality, through Moriah – the Jerusalem Development Company, announced on Thursday, February 11, the first tender for the execution of infrastructure works in the first section of the line. This is a section between the Dov Yosef junction in the Gilo neighborhood via Rosemarin Street east of the Gilo junction – Hebron road, and north on the Hebron road to the Hebron-Ma’ale Darga junction, length 1.25 km. The financial scope of the first section of works is NIS 183 million. .

Infrastructure relocation works (Infrared 1) in this section include, among other things, the construction of the railway strip route, the relocation and upgrading of the infrastructure, development and paving, the arrangement of junctions, the construction of retaining walls and more.


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The Jerusalem Municipality and Moriah note that in the coming weeks, the tender for the second section of work on the new line, with a financial volume of approximately NIS 257 million, is also expected to be published. This is a section of Mount Hotzvim between the Hartum junction and the 4/9 interchange along Golda Meir Boulevard. Infrastructure relocation works (infrared 1) in the second section will include the construction of the railway line route, relocation and infrastructure upgrades, development and paving, widening of the road, opening of a public transportation route from Sderot Begin to the Hartum junction, construction of retaining walls and more.

The total financial estimate of the Blue Line is about NIS 10 billion. The blue line will connect the Ramot neighborhood in north Jerusalem through Har Hatzvim, the city center and the Talpiot neighborhood with the Gilo neighborhood in the south. The blue line joins the red line (the existing line), the completion of which is expected to be completed during the current year, and the green line, most of whose sections are under construction and some of which have even been completed.

“It should be noted that after completing all the infrastructure preparation work for the Blue Line in all its sections, the responsibility will be transferred to the selected line concessionaire, for the purpose of carrying out the second phase of construction of the light rail systems (infrared), including laying the tracks on the new route. The train and more, “Moriah emphasizes.


Imaging of the Blue Line of the Light Rail (Imaging: Courtesy of the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan)


The length of the blue line is about 31 km and it will include, among other things, 2.5 km of underground in the city center, 53 stations and 3 underground stations. Another branch of the line will leave the Malcha neighborhood through the sports complex and pass through the Katamonim and Emek Refaim neighborhoods in the German colony and from there will connect to the main route of the line to the Ramot neighborhood. In addition, the project will include the construction of a new light rail garage (depot) in the Malcha neighborhood, which will contain about 61 trains (122 cars). The construction of the Blue Line will be carried out using the PPP (Public Private Partnership) method, a public-private partnership that will include financing, planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the line.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon: “The publication of the first tender for the Blue Line is an important step on the way to completing Jerusalem’s light rail system and turning it into the city with the most advanced green public transportation in Israel. We will continue to develop the city’s infrastructure and improve public transportation.”

Gilad Bar-Adon, CEO of Moriah: “The beginning of the infrastructure work of the Blue Line is a significant milestone for the accessibility of the light rail to other neighborhoods throughout the city. This line joins the infrastructure works for the extension of the red line and the construction of the green line, which are in full swing, and all of these establish Jerusalem’s status as a leading city in Israel in the field of public transportation. “

Zohar Zoller, CEO of the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan, adds: “The infrastructure works for the Blue Line are an upgrade of the model we launched in the JNET project, according to which the consortium selected for the construction and operation of the line will receive detailed planning, completion of all infrastructure works, work permits, approved traffic arrangements. And more. The model constitutes a precise division of risks between the public and private sectors, and will allow passengers in the Jerusalem metropolitan area to have an innovative and high-quality travel experience that will lead to the creation of a preference for public transportation. “


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