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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, August 14, 2021 9:53 PM

What I was really wonderind was if they would have a dedicated ROW, or share the road with autos.  From the photos you showed it looks like they have their own separate ROW, at least in part.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, August 15, 2021 12:23 AM

Does this line and others have traffic light pre emption ?

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, August 15, 2021 4:29 AM

 

With the exception of the grassed RoW (currently under repair) adjacent to the Old City Wall (picture posted above posting before repair work), all Jerusalem Light Rail is paved private RoW, strong enough to support tanks, anti=aircraft missal launchers, and field artillery; and is restricted to the light rail trains and emergency vehicles, including police and military vehicles and ambulances, which do use the RoW.
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, August 15, 2021 4:32 AM

Also note this from a posting some four years ago:

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, August 15, 2021 4:43 AM

The existing line has traffic-light ore-emption in spots, but definitely not everywhere it should.

And even the traffic systems for buses at the intercfhange stations need lots of improvemen.

Still, on balance, it is a good system, and I enjoy every use I make of it.  Which ranges from no use on one day to four or five times on another.

My general moral on living in Jerusalem jumped 100% on its year 2012 opening.  Only the Unification of 1967  (I began visiting in 1960, moved in 1996.) made more of a difference.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, August 20, 2021 4:26 AM

With new management, this old symbol for Citipass:

Has been replaced by:

With the Hebrew word Kafir; translation is "young lion/"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:07 AM

One Dave Klepper, age 17+, wearing his ROTC uniform, Oct. or Nov. 1949 in front of MIT on Massachusetts Avenue, with a Type-4 enrout from Memorial Drive to Watertown, via Central Square, between.  The Vassar Street on the roll-sign is there because the operator could not find a Mrmorial Drive sign and picked the sign for the closest point he could find, and then did not change it for the return trip to Watertown:

Dave Klepper, age 88+, 2020, playing HaTikvah on the Jerusalem City Hall concrete piano, with an Alstom Citidas 302 light-rail train as background, Jack May photo with unknown lady-in-red:

71 years separate the photographs, but 100 years the rail-cars, 1912-1913 and 2012-2013.  NP-Eddie, note the head covering!

 

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:39 PM

What does a concrete piano use for a sounding board?

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, November 4, 2021 3:06 AM

It's really an electronic piano, with much the same technology as a synthesizer keyboard.  A think the best answer to your question is "a good wide-range lousdspeaker."

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, November 13, 2021 11:05 AM

I'm posting this photo again, because the chartered bus sogn on the negative was badly deteriorated, and in the coirrecton on the first posting, I misread the sign on another posted image, and need to post the correction.  I will also replace the original posted image:

I owe Bradley Clarke's book Boston's MTA, Boston Street Railway Association, publishers for the correction.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:15 AM

The airport at Jerusalem/ Atarot, and the train.

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Steve Sattler

4:10 PM (1 hour ago)
 
 
to bcc: me
Dear all, 
an update:-
1... The British built an airport north of Jerusalem at Atarot in the early 20s [May 1924].
The airport code is JRS.
The complex [ a runway, control tower and several buildings - including a nice VIP section] 
is 9.5 Kms North of Jerusalem/ city center,  and 3.13 kms South of Ramallah.The runway
 is 1.9 kms long and unfortunately the planes taking off are within a simple rifle-range of
900 meters from
some Ramallah houses. In some places the runway is 160 meters from an Arab refugee
camp [run by the PA ].
Part of the airport is built on Jewish land owned by the members of Moshav Atarot -
that was destroyed by the Jordanians in 1948. This land is registered in the national
land registry [the TABU] as private Jewish land.
2... This airport was in use till October 2000 - when security and bullets caused the
IAA to close the airport to routine flights. In those days, 2 - 6 flights left Aratot airport
for Eilat or Haifa every day.
3... The (Arab)  Minister for Regional Security Issawi Frej in the Bennet Government is 
'processing '  a plan to re-open the airport. The airport will be run by both the Israeli
ministry of  transport [ though the IAA],  and the PA ministry of transport from Ramallah.
[As a joint program ].
4... Furthermore, - he said in his radio interview [today ] that both the Jerusalem tram line,
[ from the Atarot industrial zone ]; the new Ramallah tram line [ to be built, -soon ]
and a train from the main airport [ BGA] will service this reborn airport.
5... If a train line is built it will run from Pa'atee Modiin [the North of Modiin Central station ]  ,
past/through Modiin Ilit to the airport. (I can assume some tunnels will be built for this 22 km route -
it is hilly country).
6... OK - We will see?
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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, January 21, 2022 7:18 AM

 

1... The Cfir Jerusalem RED-LINE tram is doing maintenance and changes for their rail lines from 20th Jan 2022 for about a month between the CBS and the Damascus Gate.

 

Here is the  diagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus #79 will connect the two CBS - DG [see the blue line] for the duration.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, January 27, 2022 3:22 AM

Steve Sattler

Jan 26, 2022, 9:18 PM (14 hours ago)
 
 

26/1/2022   21.00
From Israeli TV tonight :-
Jerusalem: As the snow begins to fall harder and catch on the ground from 5 PM - this evening, 
an interview with the deputy Traffic Commander for the region [ on the Harel bridge in Mevessert 
Tzion - in the falling snow ]: He  said " that now,  ( 8 PM ) the main road #1 is closed in both
directions by the police,  and only the A1 train (Tel Aviv - Jerusalem direct via Ben Gurion Airport) 
is running and will run till midnight.
He expects the IR to add extra trains on this " King David " route till midnight tonight, and tomorrow 
morning till at least mid-day.
In Jerusalem the roads are slippery, some are covered with snow,  and ice may form overnight.
The Jerusalem trams will run till midnight on the full Red Route, but city buses will stop - now.
Gilo has at this time [21.00 ] some 4 inches of snow.
Tomorrow - the City will open most main roads with their 300 tractors they have on standby.
Tomorrow schools are closed in Jerusalem.
My son [ the head of a security team for the Bank of Israel ] needs to be at the bank's
security suite at 4 am - so a special 4 wheel drive [ owned by the bank ] will pick him up
at 03.30 am . This diesel monster has  a 70 cms clearance over the road- with big
balloon tyres.
The weather lady says that overnight snow will continue to fall and by 7 am - it should
cover all of Jerusalem till Friday.
Steve
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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 9:48 AM

Lines currently under costruction bor in detailed engineering all pass through or touch the main central business sdistrict.  Now an exception has been authorized, the Puplee Line.

 

The Regional Planning Committee has approved the proposed route for the Jerusalem  Purple Line. This 14 km line with 19 stops is will rub east-west across the southern part of the city.  Stage 1 will start at an interchange with the Blue Line at Talpiot and run west for 4·6 km, six intermidiate stops. to Malcha, the depot location..Stage 2 will continue west via Kiryat HaYovel to the Hadassah-Ein Kerem Hospital, where there sharing the Red Line Extension Terminal, already under construction.  Bridges and tunneel will be requiredm because of hills along the route.

 

 

Funds are from the budget of 13bn shekels which the national government has already allocated for construction of the Green and Blue lines. Five consortia were shortlisted in August 2021 to tender for a 25-year PPP concession to build, operate and maintain the Purple and Blue lines totalling 31 route-km with 53 stops and a combined fleet of 61 trams

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 10:02 AM

This map is not-to-scale, and some  relative distances are very distorted:

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 1, 2022 11:00 AM

Today, the first of August, was a  big day for me and other senior citizens  who use public transportation, effective today, free thoughout Israel for citizens over 65, and I'm 90.  The same plastic card is used, and converted electronically for me at the Central Bus Station.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Monday, August 1, 2022 8:01 PM

Dave:

 

Was that the cap I sent you several years ago?  It looks nice on you.

 

Ed Burns

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 12:11 AM

Free fares over 65 but not visitors?

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 9:14 AM

Unsure about visitors but think not, since the various monthly passes are available only for citizens and registered forreign students.  Corection:  75-and-over.  65 - 74 continue with half-fare.  Half-fare also applies to registered students, including foreign students (who must also sign-up for sick-fund insurance and then receive treatment when required.)  That being the case, I believe a visitor 75-and-over, who is a student at a University or Yeshiva, could get the free-transportation card.  65-74 half-fare, including an appropriate monthly pass.

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