Publication Date: 6/6/2017
The Be'er-Sheva Municipality and the Ministry of Transport agreed to set out for the initial planning of the new light rail system for the city.
This is a suburban train that will provide a solution for nearby towns and settlements and the central military bases that will be located in the Negev capital and throughout the region: the Training Base, the Telecommunications Campus and the Intelligence Complex.
Transportation Minister, Yisrael Katz, and the Mayor of Be'er-Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich, whom met last week together with senior professionals, reached understandings regarding the importance of the mass transit system - a light rail in the southern metropolis of Be'er-Sheva, which has been undergoing dramatic change following the national tasks that have been imposed on it: 20,000 housing units, the major IDF relocation south, and the establishment of an international knowledge center that combines hi-tech, cyber and innovation.
In the coming weeks, the state will allocate a budget for the first phase, which will include early planning and recruitment of all the consultants, experts in the field and the relevant professionals.
The Be'er-Sheva municipality will set up a dedicated public company, whose role is to advance the planning of the railway routes and the future of the infrastructure, until completion of the project and the light rail is operational. The company will have partners from relevant government ministries.
The mayor of Be'er-Sheva, Rubik Danilovich, related: "This is a historic day for the city of Be'er-Sheva, as a municipality that works for long-term strategic planning, we consider the transportation system to be of paramount importance for the transportation system.
The light rail system will connect Be'er-Sheva with communities nearby and will provide a solution for the IDF bases that are relocating to the Negev.
This is a challenge for our metropolitan city, which is undergoing extremely fast development with land area that is almost twice the size of Tel Aviv.
I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to the Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, for his understanding, belief in us and this partnership."