The operator of Jerusalem’s light rail system was fined NIS 1 million (approximately $280,000) on Tuesday for delays in compliance with conditions set out in the operating contract for the rail.

The Transportation Ministry, which levied the fine, said CityPass, the private consortium that won a 30-year contract to build and run the rail system, had failed to meet a number of agreed-upon requirements.

The average travel time is some 20 percent longer that originally planned, the ticket machines still have technical problems and the trains have not run at the frequency originally agreed upon, Army Radio reported.

The capital’s light rail system became operative in December 2011, after eight years of construction, delays and cost overruns.