Israel Railways sees spike in passengers in 2013
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Israel Railways sees spike in passengers in 2013

Israelis took 45 million rides in 2013, up from 36 million in 2011; new cars and lines added to rail network

An Israeli train station in winter (illustrative photo credit: david55king/Flickr)
An Israeli train station in winter (illustrative photo credit: david55king/Flickr)

As Israel’s railway network expands, Israelis are increasingly relying on trains to travel the country, according to newly released Israel Railways data.

Use of the country’s railways was up 12 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, thanks to the introduction of new cars and lines with increased passenger capacity, the report said.

About 45 million passengers rode the lines in 2013, as opposed to 40 million in 2012 and 36 million in 2011, according to the data. The increase followed the purchase of 18 new double-decker cars and 15 new locomotives, the business journal Globes reported.

The increased capacity may also have helped the train system cope better with the traffic on the track. In 2013, the trains were on time 93% of the time, as compared to 90% in 2012 and 86% in 2011.

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