Light rail to run into East Jerusalem, Ma’aleh Adumim, Binyamin-Adam region

Transportation Minister Israel Katz granted his approval to a program that would add new lines to the Jerusalem light rail system running to a number of East Jerusalem neighborhoods as well as Jewish communities of Judea, Binyamin-Adam region, Channel 2 reported Tuesday.

The first line will travel south to Ma’aleh Adumim by way of French Hill. The second line will lead to Geva Binyamin where there is a large shopping center. The third line will go from Atarot to Qalandiya. And the fourth line will go to Givat Ze’ev, north of Jerusalem.

The lines will be integrated through a special travel card that will be used for all trains in the area.

“I see Jerusalem and the greater Jerusalem area as one entity,” Minister Katz said.

“Whoever lives in Gush Etzion, Ma’aleh Adumim, Beit Shemesh, or Mevasseret should enjoy accessible transportation services,” the Transportation Minister added. “And if someone comes and says that we should put an artificial barrier between residents because they live over what was once called the ‘green line’ – well, this is an argument we do not accept.”

Earlier in the day Katz announced an extension in the course of the upcoming high-speed train Jerusalem with Tel Aviv, which will include a stop at the Western Wall.