February 09, 2015

Israeli rail traffic continues to climb

Written by  Jeremaya Goldberg
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RIDERSHIP on Israel Railways (IR) services increased for the third successive year in 2014, according to figures released by the railway on February 1, which show passenger numbers rose by 7.5% year-on-year to 48.5 million.

Much of the growth is attributed to the introduction of a new timetable in June which brought increased frequencies on many routes and a daily record of 196,000 passengers. This was achieved despite military action in Gaza in July and August, which led to the total or partial suspension of services on the Ashkelon – Shderot and Ashkelon – Ashdod lines.

Ridership on Ashkelon – Tel Aviv services increased grew by 21%, while Hod – Tel Aviv saw a 15% rise.

Punctuality also improved from 93% in 2013 to 95% last year.

The freight business also experienced steady growth in 2014 with volumes climbing 12% to 7.5 million tonnes and revenues increasing by 15% to $US 43m.

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