After years of planning, slow progress and the cancellation of a PPP project (with Siemens and HTM as part of consortium) in mid 2000s, NTA agency finally launched the kick-start of the 1st line (Red Line of the envisioned 5 line LRT (and 3 BRT) network.
2 out of 8 TBMs have arrived from China in Tel-Aviv harbour. Work has started on TBM shafts and some of the 11 underground stations. Utility relocation is taking places as well as pilling and station box construction. Chinese companies have an important role on project as major partners in civil work and rolling stock suppliers.