This morning was the cornerstone ceremony for “Keshet Modiin” that will connect Modiin to the fast train to Jerusalem for a 17-minute trip. The ceremony took place at the construction site with Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz, Mayor Haim Bibas, and CEO of Israel Railways, Shahar Ayalon, in attendance along with other dignitaries. The project, with a budget of around 330 million shekels is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2019.
The connection of the city of Modiin to the fast train to Jerusalem is expected to improve service to residents of the city, with two trains in each direction during peak hours, with a travel time of 17 minutes between the Paatei Modiin train station and the Binyanei HaUmah Station in Jerusalem.
The project includes upgrading and expanding the Paatei Modiin train station, a pedestrian bridge over Route 431 and a new parking lot. There will also be infrastructure work on building a bridge for the train, retaining walls, an underground passage, landscaping and more.
Two builders won the tenders published by Israel Railways to build the line: Minrav Engineering Group won the first tender at a cost of around 77.3 million shekels. Einav Ahetz won the second tender at a cost of around 77.7 million shekels.
Pictured right to left: Keshet Modiin cornerstone ceremony - Bibas, Katz, Ayalon