Following recent public pressure over the increasing cost of living in Israel including over higher gasoline prices, the Jerusalem Post reports that the Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu announced a package of measures to ease the cost of living for the public in Israel. In the Transport arena these included:
- the cancellation of the 0.23 Shekel increase in petrol tax introduced on 1 January 2011.
- a 10% reduction in bus and rail fares.
Tender Process Launched for Design of Tel Aviv Light Rail
The NTA Mass Transit System, the Government owned organisation responsible for the new light rail system in Tel Aviv has launched a tender for the designs of the first line's underground tunnels and station. The tender document can be found here. The tram line is due to run betwen Bat Yam and Petah Tikvah via Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak
Protests in London against operator of the Jerusalem Light Rail
Anti-Israel protestors this week campaigned at a public meeting in London against Veolia the company operating the Jerusalem Light Rail according to Jewish News, protests have occured around Europe against Veolia because of its activities in Jerusalem, Israel. These protests were condemned as a disgrace by the London Assembly Member Brian Coleman who was attending the meeting.