Israel Expands Train Service

Israel is rapidly building new train lines to battle American-style automobile dependence.
January 2, 2004, 6am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"During a trip from Tel Aviv to Rehovot last week on one of the most successful rail lines that has been in operation for over a decade, all the benefits of traveling on Israel Railways were apparent. The announcement politely says, "Have a nice trip and a pleasant day," the cars are clean and the seats roomy and the other passengers seem calm: They chat or read a newspaper or work on a laptop computer or gaze out the window. The scenery is especially impressive when the train zips by traffic-filled highways at the entrance to Tel Aviv. Thousands of cars are crawling along there in bumper-to-bumper traffic and sitting in each of them there is just one person. Members of environmental organizations constantly decry the waste, pollution and folly of traveling in a private car."

Thanks to Joseph Bornstein

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Published on Monday, October 24, 2005 in Haaretz
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