A 21st century way to commute through an ancient city.

Jerusalem Light Rail

 

Copyright: MFA video

Running from the northern edge of Jerusalem to Mount Herzl in the south, with further extensions planned, the electrified Jerusalem Light Rail has changed the face of transportation in the ancient city.

The Light Rail runs 13.9 kilometers (8.6 miles) through the capital, stopping at most major tourist sites and connecting with bus lines. It’s a great way to meet the people of Jerusalem and get a real feel for life in the city.

As one passenger notes on this video: "It’s good to see that they’ve got signs and announcements in Hebrew, English and Arabic so it’s inclusive of everyone. It’s really good."

The Light Rail began operating at the end of 2011, after ten years in the making. The Jerusalem Chords Bridge near the Central Bus Station was built especially for the light rail, and is now a major landmark. There are plans to extend the line to Neve Yaacov in the north and to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in the west.