The Knesset Economics Committee approved, on Sunday, the request of the Transportation Ministry for a one-month extension of the testing of the Jerusalem light-rail system, which was supposed to start taking passengers this Friday. The new target date is September 14th. A ministry representative said one of the reasons for the delay is the ticketing mechanism. The other centers around an independent safety report to be submitted Sunday evening or Monday.
Committee Chairman Carmel Shama-Hacohen made it clear that he would apply for a new hearing on the matter since the extension had not started yet. The committee will give final approval if it can be proven that the start of commercial traffic cannot be made earlier. A representative of Citipass, the franchise holder, said, "The company is doing all it can, given the time constraints, to be ready to operate, in a limited way, already by this weekend," in accordance with the independent safety recommendations.