The Jerusalem Light Rail is unlikely to be able to start running on its scheduled start date of August. With just two months until the tram network is due to start operating the Jerusalem Post says that the start date is unlikely to be met and may slip back to October or November.
The latest delay in the start of operations is being caused by a number of factors including the fact that traffic lights have yet to be reprogrammed by CityPass, along the route to give priority at intersections to the new trains. At the beginning of June only 4 out of 50 traffic lights had been reprogrammed.
The light rail is also suffering from a dispute with drivers, who are threatening to strike.
Call for greater enforcement of bus lanes
Public transport campaigners in Israel are calling for greater enforcement of bus lanes, so that buses can move more speedily and thus attract increased numbers of passengers the Jerusalem Post has reported. The campaigners are calling on the police to ensure they enforce the law so that motorists who illegally use bus lanes are penalised.