Haifa-Nazareth Light Rail Transit
The Light Rail Transit (LRT) project between Haifa and Nazareth is a complex infrastructure megaproject. It is the first of its kind in Israel, managed by Cross Israel as the operational arm of the Ministry of Transportation. The project combines an innovative inter-city and in-city public mass transport system. The project includes the establishment of a regional light rail serving the residents of northern Israel and connecting the towns and settlements in the area by linking them to the Haifa metropolitan area and to central Israel.
The LRT will be approximately 41 km long, and will include 20 passenger stations, park-and-ride lots along the route, a depot complex and a control center. The line will operate 30-40 cars, with a maximal frequency of 4 to 10 minutes. Planned daily passenger forecast is 100,000 passengers and the planned traveling speed in the intercity segment is 100 km/h.
The estimated end-to-end commute time across the route is 50 minutes.
The project employs advanced technology, the first of its kind in Israel, combining urban and inter-urban rail, thus permitting uninterrupted travel on both kinds of segments, without the need to change transportation system.
The LRT is similar to a standard light rail in its looks, the geometry in which it travels (radiuses, inclines), and the commuter traveling experience, but it is faster (100 km/h), can travel together with other vehicular traffic on city streets and at small radiuses, and in certain conditions can even travel on heavy rail tracks.
The train can travel at steep inclines of up to 8% and reduce the environmental impact of infrastructure construction, thus decreasing the need for earthworks, bridges, and tunnels.
The planned operation system of the light rail is based on electric feeds originating in substations of the Israel Electric Company that will provide the voltage it needs to operate.
First Stage (Infra 1)
This phase includes all civil engineering and infrastructure construction, including creating, renewing and moving water and sewage infrastructure, electricity and communication infrastructure, earthworks along the strip designated for the light rail, as well as building bridges, roads, and parking lots.
Construction is planned to begin towards the end of 2020.
Second Stage (Infra 2)
This phase includes the construction of light rail infrastructure – electrification, signaling, and communication. Additionally, it includes the laying of tracks and train car purchase. Construction work will be carried out in segments and maintain a pedestrian safe passage and business access throughout the construction period.
About 6 billion NIS