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Friday, 11 February 2011

Tender launched for new Tel Aviv Light Rail, Transport and Petrol Prices to fall and Protests against Jerusalem Light Rail - Friday 11th February News

Government to cut Petrol and Public Transport Prices in Israel

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.

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