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The First Phase of Operation Ben Dror, Connecting the Light Rail Tracks, is Underway!

Following the work done in the first phase, which began this past April at the intersection of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Street and Herzl Boulevard (Ben Dror Junction) in Jerusalem, the second phase will commence on June 22, 2022, and will include a partial shutdown of Cfir Light Rail activities.

Following the work of the first phase, which began this past April at the intersection of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Street and Herzl Boulevard (Ben Dror Junction) in order to create a meeting point between JNET's Red Line (which is currently running) and the (new) Green Line, the second phase will commence on June 22, 2022.  

The second phase, which will last from June 22 to August 22, will include a partial shutdown of Cfir Light Rail service as detailed below.

As a substitute for the light rail, a bus system will be operated, as detailed below.

It is recommended to avoid traveling in this area by private vehicles as much as possible during the work period. It is recommended to use alternative routes and employ navigation technologies on each trip. Pedestrian traffic will be possible as usual, and access to homes, businesses and institutions will be possible at all stages of the work. Upon completion of the work, train and vehicle traffic in the area will return to normal.

Work has been carried out at the intersection of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Street and Herzl Boulevard in Jerusalem in recent weeks, and is expected to continue until August. As stated during the first phase of the work, travel in the area should be avoided as much as possible, and residents and commuters should use the alternative routes offered as detailed in this announcement. The purpose of the work is to create a meeting point between JNET's Red and Green lines at the intersection of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Street and Herzl Boulevard (Ben Dror Junction), and connect the light rail extension to the Givat Shaul industrial area.

On June 22, 2022, the second phase of the work will commence, and will last approximately two months. The work will cause traffic disruptions in the area, including the partial shutdown Cfir Light Rail service. The expected disruptions and changes are as follows:

Phase Two – work carried out to connect the tracks: June 22, 2022 – August 22, 2022.

During this period, there will be a partial shutdown of Cfir Light Rail activities between the Central Station and the Mount Herzl Station, and the following transportation will be available to passengers:

The routes of lines 20, 21, 23, 24, 27 and 29 will be extended and will reach the Central Station, at high frequencies.

A public transportation lane will be added along Herzl Boulevard, in both directions. The detour on Herzl Boulevard and the closed access to Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Street will continue as in Phase One (detailed above). The work will be carried out Sundays through Thursdays throughout the day, and Fridays until 14:00.

Pedestrian traffic will be possible as usual, and access to homes, businesses and institutions will be possible throughout all stages of the work. Upon the completion of the work, train and vehicle traffic in the area will return to normal.

It is recommended to use alternative routes and navigation technologies on each trip.

The purpose of the work is to connect the routes of the Red Line and the Green Line.

The northern part of the Red Line, which is currently running, will be extended from the Air Force Station in Pisgat Ze'ev to Neve Ya'akov, and in the southern part from Mount Herzl Station to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. These extensions are expected to be opened in the first quarter of 2023.

The new Green Line is the second light rail line in Jerusalem, and will connect the Gilo neighborhood in the south of the city to French Hill, located in the north of the city, including extensions to Givat Shaul and Malcha. The purpose of the new line is to create an advanced and convenient transportation continuum connecting the major points of interest in the city and to provide quick and easy access to public institutions, employment centers and tourist attractions such as the Government Complex, the three major hospitals, Malcha Mall, the municipal zoo and sports stadiums. Parts of this new line are expected to open in late 2024 or the first quarter of 2025.

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