Citipass, which holds the franchise for the Jerusalem light rail, reached agreement with government officials, Sunday, to putting more trains on the tracks, starting this week, to reduce crowding and waiting time in between trains during peak hours, including hours that were previously described as off peak. During the 6:30-9:00 a.m. rush hour, the separation target is 5.5 minutes instead of six, with trains during the next six hours coming every 7.5 minutes, down from 10 minutes. The same frequency is planned for 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m., Citipass is shooting for a gap of 6.5 minutes.
About a year ago, at the start of commercial service, the average wait was supposed to be nine minutes. Citipass said the improvement in waiting time goes beyond what it promised. Daily ridership rose from 40,000 in August 2011 to about 100,000 last month.