Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is promoting a new plan to connect Jerusalem to settlements beyond the Green Line via the light rail system. Katz explained that everyone “should have equally accessible transportation services.”







Ma’ale Adumim

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Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz approved a plan aimed at connecting Jerusalem’s light rail system to several settlements in the area. The network of light rail stations beyond the Green Line that Katz approved will be connected to the already existing Jerusalem light rail stations.

According to the plan, four new lines will be established. The lines will lead to Ma’ale Adumim, Geva Binyamin (Adam), Giv’at Ze’ev and the Kalandia checkpoint. In addition to these four lines, another line leading to Mevaseret Zion will be added.

Katz explained that the goal of the plan is to provide the same public transportation that residents inside the Green Line enjoy to the residents of these areas. “I see Jerusalem and the greater Jerusalem area as one entity,” said Katz. “Whoever lives in Gush Etzion, Binyamin, Ma’ale Adumim, Beit Shemesh or Mevaseret Zion should have equally accessible transportation services.”