Transport Minister Yisrael Katz has ordered the Israel Railways company to finish the express train line it is building between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as quickly as possible. Katz said that he wants the train running by 2015, the latest. The line, which will extend 57 kilometers, is expected to cost some NIS 7 billion when completed. Passengers will be able to travel to and from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in 28 minutes. The line will include will stops at Ben Gurion Airport and Modi'in.
The project includes what is set to be the longest bridge in Israel, with a length of 1.2 kilometers, and was built with advanced techniques never before used in Israel.