From 2017 to 2018, the company underwent a comprehensive strategic change and altered its goal from focusing on a single project (Highway 6 – Cross-Israel Highway) to managing complex projects on a nationwide scale. It gained responsibility for more types of projects, and thus expanded its ranks by recruiting professional staff, in line with its multi-year work plan and its growth targets.
Currently, the company serves as a leading government operational agency for building complex national infrastructure projects in four areas: trains, highways, public transport and mass-transit solutions, and toll road management.
Trains are one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly mass transit solutions. We are proud to be a part of the expansion momentum of railway infrastructure in Israel to provide solutions for current and future demands. Our flagship project in this field is the light rail line between Haifa and Nazareth, which is currently in its advanced stages of planning.
The line will connect the three cities – Haifa, Nazareth and Nof Hagalil – to each other, and to the smaller communities in the region. It will extend over 41 km and will include 20 stations and park-and-ride lots. The line is projected to serve about 100,000 commuters a day and about 30 million rides a year. The light rail will strengthen the smaller communities close to its route and encourage drivers to forego using their private vehicle, thus reducing traffic congestion on northern highways as well as air pollution. Since it will be electrically powered, the light rail will create less air pollution than other means of public transport.
In addition, we are planning and executing heavy rail tracks throughout Israel that will shorten ride times, support existing tracks, and some will serve as freight tracks.
Public Transport and Mass-Transit
Cross Israel is part of the national effort to develop public transport infrastructure in order to reduce the ever-increasing traffic congestion on the roads as well as the air pollution it causes. We are planning and constructing infrastructure that reduce public transport ride times, thus assisting in encouraging drivers to prefer this option.
The company plans and builds public transport lanes and High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, both by converting existing regular lanes and by paving new ones. These lanes allow for faster rides for busses and multi passenger vehicles, thus encouraging their use, and reducing the number of private vehicles on the road. They are especially effective in reducing the number of cars with 1-2 persons.
In addition, we are expanding and upgrading the Express Lane parking lot on Route 1. Drivers can leave their vehicle there and complete the short commute to Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan via a free shuttle services. A direct bus to the government campus in Jerusalem is also available at the lot. It enables Tel Aviv residents who work in the capital to leave their vehicles behind and get to work quickly without the hassle of driving and parking. When construction is complete, 3,800 drivers will be able to park in the parking lot and also enjoy an advanced public transport terminal.
Expanding the express lane to Tel Aviv, including shuttle services and public transport, will allow thousands more people to reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem quickly and conveniently, and reduce congestion and air pollution in these metropolitan areas.
The company is continuing to expand and develop the Israel's highway network from north to south, to better connect people and places. We are planning and executing the following projects:
Constructing new road segments connecting between existing segments
Road upgrades – expansion, adding service areas and rest stops, building dividers between lanes
Extending Highway 6 – Israel’s main north south artery
Constructing rest and emergency shoulders along Highway 6
Expanding roads to support mass-transit such as the Haifa-Nazareth Light Rail project and the Haifa BRT project (Metronit)
Constructing Interchange upgrades and expansions
Constructing interchanges instead of traffic-light controlled junctions
Paving service and agricultural roads adjacent to main highways
Constructing bridges over roads and railway tracks
Cross Israel is a pioneer in building toll roads in Israel. It was established in 1999 in order to build the Highway 6 national project - the first toll road in Israel, which was constructed in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, at the company’s recommendation. The company pioneered this financing model that was novel in Israel and following it, other national projects where funded using it. For the first time, an enormous infrastructure project was completed in line with the planned budget and schedule, while defining new standards of quality, service and protection the environment.
With the end of planning and the beginning of construction of the central segment of Highway 6, the company was appointed by the government as the supervising authority, over Derech Eretz, the franchisee. The company’s extensive experience and the success of Highway 6 led to its appointment in 2010 as the supervising authority of the Carmel Tunnels and the Express Lane to Tel Aviv. Since 2014, it also serves as the responsible authority of Cross-North Highway 6 and now supervises all toll roads in Israel.
In this role, the company supervises and monitors franchisees, including road expansions and building associated ventures, while representing the interests of customers. The company interfaces with government representatives and franchisees, thereby easing processes and reducing resources.
Throughout the years, the company has gained substantial experience and knowledge in the field, which are implemented by a professional multidisciplinary team.
Experts and Leaders in PPP projects
In the last few years, there has been significant growth in executing infrastructure projects in Israel using the PPP (Public Private Partnership) model, both on the national and the municipal level. Trans-Israel Highways was the first company in Israel to successfully implement a PPP project as a national project, when it began the construction of Highway 6 in 1996. It paved the way for an innovative funding and operational model in the Israeli economy for national projects.
With the end of planning and the beginning of construction of the central segment of Highway 6, the company was appointed by the government to serve as the project's supervising authority over the Derech Eretz Company, the franchisee. The company’s extensive experience and the success of the Highway 6 project led to its appointment in 2010 as the responsible authority of additional franchisee projects: The Carmel Tunnels and the Express Lane to Tel Aviv. Thus, it has become the responsible authority of all toll roads in Israel.
Throughout the years, the company has gained substantial experience and knowledge in the field, which are implemented by its professional multidisciplinary team. The company interfaces with government representatives and franchisees, thereby easing processes and reducing resources.