The Haifa – Nazareth
Light Rail

Connecting communities across the Galilee and the Haifa metropolitan area

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Background

TransIsrael company is responsible for the Light Rail project between Haifa and Nazareth - a national mega-project that will serve the northern population and connect communities across the Galilee and Haifa metropolitan area.

This unique project, being a first of its kind in Israel, combines urban and inter-urban public transportation.

The Light Rail route will be a total length of 41 km and include 20 stations, connecting “Merkazit HaMifratz” station in Haifa to Nazareth.
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The Haifa - Nazareth Light Rail Project will

Create an efficient, environmentally friendly, large scale public transportation network, serving the residents of northern Israel.
Strengthen towns in Israel’s periphery by connecting them to metropolitan centers.
Serve over 100,000 passengers daily.
Create accessible commercial centers and employment opportunities, stimulating economic growth.
Provide new business opportunities by driving the development of new commercial and residential real estate.
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LRT Haifa - Nazareth Project by numbers

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A Route of Growth: Haifa to Nazareth

The route will start at the Merkazit HaMifratz station in Haifa, the largest transportation hub in Israel with a wide array of transportation options: trains, city and intercity buses, BRT vehicles, cable cars to Haifa University and the Technion.
From there the line will go through the main business route in Kiryat Ata, around which new neighborhoods and a commercial center are planned.
Then the line will pass by the towns of Shfar’am, Bir El-Maksur, Mashhad, Reineh, and Nof HaGalil, one of the main cities in Northern Israel, which is an industry, services, trade and government hub for the area.
The final stop of the line is Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel, a key regional center, and a popular tourist destination for Christians from around the world.
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Procurement approach

Infra 1

Infra 1 stage will involve projects of infrastructure, including grubbing, excavation, relocating existing communication, water and electricity infrastructure and building bridges, roads and under road passages.

Infra 2

Infra 2 stage is a public-private partnership to fund, plan, build, operate and maintain the light rail line, which includes the construction of electrification, signaling and command and control systems, as well as the purchase of rail vehicles.

Large scale government investments

Haifa-Nazareth LRT project is one of the large scale infrastructure projects managed currently in Israel. The Israeli government has been investing billions of dollars in recent years in large scale mass transit projects. It intends to continue these investments over the next few years in:
The Tel Aviv metropolitan area light rail.
Greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area metro.
Adding more lines to the existing light rail network in Jerusalem.
A Light rail line in the Haifa metropolitan area.
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The TransIsrael Company

The TransIsrael Company is government owned corporation functioning as a project management agency of the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety.
TransIsrael manages complex transportation Public Private Partnership (PPP) franchise projects.
The company has supervised and managed the construction of Israel’s first toll road (Highway 6).
Currently TransIsrael is involved in planning and managing the extension of Highway 6 to the north and the south, doubling the Tel Aviv fast lane parking lot, constructing and upgrading roads, interchanges, railways and more.
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Haifa & Galilee Metropolitan

Haifa is northern Israel’s preeminent hub for transportation, industry, education and culture. It is also one of Israel’s three port cities and thus a center of maritime trade.
Haifa is the largest transportation hub in Israel with a wide array of transportation options: trains, city and intercity buses, BRT vehicles and cable cars to Haifa University and the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology.
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Baha’i Gardens

The gardens of the Baháʼí faith that surround the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa are a landscaping marvel. They are a UNESCO world heritage site and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Israel. They offer panoramic views of Haifa, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean.
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Mount Precipice

According to the story, the people of Nazareth, who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah, tried to push him from the mountain, but he passed through the midst of them and went away.
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The Church of the Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation is a Latin Catholic Church in Nazareth which was established on the site where the Catholic tradition holds that the house of The Virgin Mary stood. It is believed that it is there that the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that she would conceive and bear the Son of God, Jesus -  an event known as the Annunciation.
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