The seven groups comprise:
• Shapir Engineering and CAF
• Shikun u Binuy, Egged Holdings (part of Egged bus company), and Meridam Infrastructure
• Ashtrom, Keren Infrastructures for Israel, and Harel
• Hitachi, Minrav, and the Meir Group
• GEK, Pangea Israel, IDT Corporation, and Terna
• Electra and bus operator Dan, and
• Bombardier, Oron Group, Lesico, Macquarie, and bus operator MetropoLine.
The rolling stock manufacturers participating are Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Siemens, CRRC, Hitachi Rail Italy, and Škoda.
The 19km line will link the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in eastern Jerusalem with the Gilo neighborhood in south of the city and will connect with the existing Red Line at two locations.
The cost of the project is estimated at Shekels 10bn ($US 2.8bn), including LRVs, and the line is expected to open in 2024.
Moriya, which is responsible for developing Jerusalem’s transport network, announced on February 26 that the basic infrastructure works for the Green Line are now underway. “The beginning of works on the Green Line are a positive sign to solving the ever-growing traffic congestion of the city,” says Moriya’s general manager advocate Mr Doron Neuwirth. “Together with the additional line to be built in the future - the Blue Line - citizens will hopefully at last be free of the nightmare caused by being stuck in the crowded roads.”