The 24km line will link Tel Aviv's mainline station in Petah Tikva with Bnei Brak, Jaffa, and Bat Yam with 34 stations, 10 of them underground. Commissioning is scheduled for 2021.

The operations and maintenance contract will run for 10 years from the launch of passenger services, with an option for a six-year extension.

The closing date for bids is September 15 and full details of the tender can be viewed here.