Israel Railways inaugurated on 16 October a new 60 km regional railway from the Mediterranean port city of Haifa to Beit She'an, on the border with Jordan. The new single track line is following the old narrow gauge route of the Hedjaz Railway branch which had been closed to traffic and was abandoned in 1951.
Five new stations have been built along the new line. An hourly service is operated daily with an half hourly service running at peak hours. The ride is free of charge for the first three months. An intermodal terminal was built at Bet She'an station in order to serve cross border freight traffic to and from Jordan.
Photo: Flickr - Mark Nakasone