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Jerusalem tram opens

After a lengthy and controversial construction period the Jerusalem tramway was due to open for limited public operation on the 19th August building up to full service by November when the system coordinating the trams control system with traffic lights should be operational. Due to problems with the computerised ticketing system travel will be free until this has been remedied.

The line, operated by the CityPass Consortium, is 13.8 km (8.6 miles) long running between Air Force Street and Mount Herzl. It is standard gauge electrified at 750 volts and operated by 46 Alstom Citadis 302 trams with all axles driven to handle up to 9% inclines.

19 August 2011

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