METROPOLITAN Mass Transit Systems (NTA) has selected a consortium of Alstom, bus operator Dan Transportation and Israeli infrastructure company Electra to design, construct, maintain and finance the Green Line light rail line in Tel Aviv.

The 39km line will have 63 stations, of which four will be underground. The line is due to open in 2027, and will run from north to south, connecting Holon and Rishon Lezion with the centre of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv University, the industrial and business area in western Herzliya and the business area in Kiryat Atidim.

The public-private partnership (PPP) contract follows a similar award for CAF and construction firm Shapir for the €1.015bn , 27km Purple Line contract. The line will be fully operational in 2027.

The two lines are planned to connect with the 24km Red Line, which is due to begin commercial operation at the end of 2022.

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