An invitation to prequalify for a contract to supply and maintain 90 LRVs with an option for another 30 was issued on November 8 2012 and the deadline for bids is the second quarter of this year. The LRVs will be used on the 22km Red Line from Petakh-Tikva to Bat Yam, which is due to open in 2017.

"The tender brings us by leaps and bounds to implementation of this mega project; one of the most complex ever made in Israel," NTA general manager Mr Yitzhak Zuchman said at the conference. "NTA wanted the tender to be for higher number of cars than the 90 approved, and I do believe that towards the delivery date we'll publish an additional tender, a bigger one."

Detailed design has also begun on the 35km Green Line, which should be commissioned in 2020, while completion of the 34km Purple Line is scheduled for 2021.