MoTRS – Tel Aviv Light Rail System – Israel - Project Profile

MoTRS – Tel Aviv Light Rail System – Israel - Project Profile


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The Ministry of Transport and Road Safety (MoTRS) is undertaking the construction of a light rail system project in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The project involves the construction of a 155km light rail system comprising five lines: Red, Green, Purple, Yellow and Brown.

The 24km Red Line, worth US$804 million, is the first line of the project, which will run from Petah Tikva through Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Bat Yam, and possibly to Rishon Letzion at a later stage. It includes 11km tunnel that will be excavated from Manshiyya/Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv to past Geha Interchange. This line comprises of 34 stations, with 24 above ground and 10 underground.

The 39km Green Line is the second line of the project, which will run between Herzliya and Holon. It includes 4.5km tunnel, 61 stations, five of which are underground (the Levinski, Carlebach, Dizengoff, Kikar Rabin/Municipality, and Arlozorov stations).

The southern portion of the line has two branches – the first, the Western branch, begins in Rishon Lezion (Moshe Dayan station), and the second, the Eastern branch, also begins in Rishon Lezion at the meeting of Road 412 with the Blue Line station.

The 28km Purple Line will run from Arolozorov train station through the streets Arlozorov, Ben Yehuda, Allenby, Aliya, Levinsky, Hahagana, Hashalom Road. (Tel Aviv), Aluf Sadeh Road. (Givatayim – Ramat Gan), Aluf Sadeh interchange, and Sheba Road. This line includes 55 stations.

The 34km Yellow Line is planned to serve the northeastern portion of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, including Herzliya, Ramat Hasharon, and north Tel Aviv, and connect them to the cities Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Givatayim, south and east Tel Aviv, up to Holon Junction. This line would include 50 stations.

The 30km Brown Line will run from Lod, through Rishon LeZion to Bat Yam. This line would include 40 stations.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed as a lead consultant.

Preliminary engineering was carried out by Canadian company Delcan to complete design work for the first two routes, Red and Green Lines in the second quarter of 2003.

A multi-disciplinary team was set up to plan the Green Line headed by D.E.L Group as the lead planner, project manager and design manager. Their scope of design work included preliminary and final design.

In December 2006, the concession to build, operate and transfer (BOT) the Red Line was awarded to Metropolitan Transportation Solution (MTS) Consortium. The BOT agreement with the MTS consortium was signed in February 2007. However, the consortium was unable to secure the necessary financing and was given several extensions to the agreed timetable.

In August 2010, the Transportation Ministry canceled MTS's franchise due to a conflict over funding for the light rail project. Following the cancellation of the MTS contract, the government decided to fund the construction directly from the Treasury and the Metropolitan Mass Transit System (NTA) would manage subsequent phases of construction.

In July 2011, NTA selected Canada's IBI Group Inc. and Holland's DHV Group to plan and engineer the underground stations of the Red lines.

On September 20, 2011, work commenced on three 25m deep shafts that will be used for the extensive tunneling involved in the Red Line.

In June 2012, NTA issued a pre-qualifying tender to appoint the contractors for building the Tel Aviv light rail subway tunnels, using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) for digging in soft soils at a depth of 15-20m, below the streets, utilities conduits, and the water table. The NATM will be used to dig the tunnel for the light rail's Red Line section in Petah Tikva.

The tender is for the digging of a 3.5km light rail tunnel, three halls, and connecting safety tunnels on the Red Line's eastern section from Geha Interchange at Road 4 to the Em Hamoshava Station in Petah Tikva.

On November 8, 2012, NTA issued an invitation to bid for a contract to design, supply, commission, and maintain a fleet of 90 LRVs for the city's light rail network, with options for 30 additional vehicles. The deadline for submission of bids was April 10, 2013. However, the deadline for the submission of bids was postponed to March 27, 2014, and again to the end of June 2014.

Alstom SA, CAF-Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA, Vossloh Group AG, Stadler Rail AG, and China National Railroads are the bidders that expressed interest to supply rolling stock for the Red Line. Companies that bought the tender documents include Bombardier Inc., Czech Skoda, and Germany’s Siemens AG.

On January 13, 2014, NTA announced that four international consortia were pre-qualified for the railway systems contract for the Red Line. The expressions of interest (EoI) was invited in 2012 for the contract, which includes track, signaling and train control, electrification, and security systems.

The pre-qualified consortia include: Alstom Transport and Israeli partner Minrav Engineering & Building; Bombardier and Danya Cebus; TAT, comprising Colas Rail, Thales, Systra and the Israeli companies Shapir Civil and Marin Engineering; and Sefarad Infrastructure, comprising Spanish companies Ineco, Indra, Isolux Corsan, Isolux Ingenieria, Corsan-Corviam Construction, and Metro de Madrid.

In February 2014, the project was put on hold due to problems with NTA. Later, the work on the project resumed very soon.

In May 2014, NTA appointed Shikun & Binui Holdings Ltd as a contractor for the construction of maintenance and operations center in north Petah Tikva, which was designed by Amir Mann/Ami Shinar Architects and Planners Ltd.

In June 2014, Bombardier and Siemens announced that they would not be bidding on the rolling stock for the Tel Aviv light rail system.

As of December 2014, three international companies as part of consortia with Israeli companies submitted bids for Red Line. The tenders are for tunnels using tunnel boring machine (TBM) methods and building underground stations on Red Line. The work will cost between US$768 million and US$1,280 million.

The bidders are Shapir Engineering and Italian company Ghella; Solel Boneh (a unit of Shikun u'Binui Holdings Ltd) and China Railway Tunnel Group (CRTG); and Danya Cebus Ltd (a unit of Africa-Israel Investments Ltd) and French company VINCI.

On May 19, 2015, NTA-Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd awarded China Railway Group, a consortium of CRTG and Solel Boneh Infrastructure for the design and construction of Two Bored TBM Single Track Tunnels and the construction of Station Boxes for the Red Line.

On November 20, 2015, the tendering committee of Tel Aviv NTA selected CRRC Corporation, a subsidiary Changchun Railway Vehicles, as preferred bidder for a contract to supply and maintain 90 (Light Rail Vehicles) LRVs for Red Line, with an option for 30 additional vehicles. However, the contract is yet to be concluded.

On December 1, 2015, southern portion, 17km of Green line (including 2.5km in Tel Aviv, 4.2km in Rishon Lezion, and 10.3km in Holon) was approved by the Finance Ministry committee for national infrastructure. The central portion of the line has already been approved, and the northern portion is yet to be approved.

Purple and Green lines have been approved by the National Planning and Building Commission for National Infrastructure and are awaiting cabinet approvals.

On August 2, 2016, The MoTRS has secured approvals for the Green Line of the project. However, the final approvals for the same yet to be obtained.

On February 19, 2017, the first shield launching ceremony with the commencement of the tunnel excavation works for the red line of the project was held. Totally, eight TBMs will be utilized of which every TBMs is roughly 115m long, 7.5m wide and weighing 900 tons. The TBM is expected to bore at least 10m per day with the help of 20 workers and engineers from China Railway Tunnel Group (CRTG).

The eight TBMs will excavate 12km at a depth of 30m under Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, and Tel Aviv. The boring will begin excavation under Ayalon Highway and in its first phase, it will provide the infrastructure for underground rail stations in Tel Aviv at Arlozorov, King Saul, Yehudit, and Carlebach.

In April 2017, Three Chinese companies bid to operate the red line, they are Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society Ltd., with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and Shenzhen Metro; Dan Bus Company, in partnership with Beijing Metro; and Derech Eretz Highways, in partnership with Guangzhou Metro.

Lesico group has been appointed to undertake track-related work for the project.

In May 2017, NTA issued tender for a project management contract for the Purple and Green Lines and a tender for planning the civil engineering work for the project.

In June 2017, 18.5km northern section of Green Line secured approvals from the Planning Authority.

In July 2017, Lesico Ltd and Adventz Group company Texmaco Rail & Engineering Limited signed US$2,000 million Memorandum of understanding (MoU), to undertake the supply contract for Red Line and Green Line. The scope of work involves laying of tracks, installation of signaling, electrification, power sub-stations, and command, control & communication equipment.

Construction activities on Red Line and planning activities on remaining four lines are underway. Construction activities on Purple and Green Line are slated to commence in 2018 and are scheduled to begin operation in 2024.


The project involves the construction of a 155km light rail system in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The US$8,118 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of 24km Red Line with 34 stations

2. Construction of 39km Green Line with 61 stations

3. Construction of 28km Purple Line with 55 stations

4. Construction of 34km Yellow Line with 50 stations

5. Construction of 30km Brown Line with 40 stationsReasons To Buy

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