The first line of the Jerusalem light rail – the red line – took nearly a decade to construct, was mired in controversy, disturbed residents, increased traffic on bus routes, and impacted many businesses negatively. Despite that, the train has run smoothly overall, decreased air and noise pollution, invigorated the downtown area and serves nearly 150,000 passengers every day. It should, therefore, come as no surprise, and perhaps as a welcome bit of news, that the current red line is being expanded and an additional green line has just been approved for construction by the municipality.
The aforementioned red line currently runs from Mount Herzl to Neve Yaakov. The project was stopped just short of Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, but the line is currently being lengthened and the roads leading up to the hospital are already being prepared for the addition of track.
The green line was announced and opened for public feedback today. It will run from Gilo to the Mount Scopus campus of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Unlike the red line, the green line will have splitting points that will deviate passengers through two areas in Talpiot. The transportation ministry included a map in their press release:
No time frame was provided for either part of the project.