Cable cars in Haifa

Cable cars running between Bat Galim and Mount Carmel

Cable cars in Haifa refers to two cable car systems in Haifa, Israel: the tourist-oriented Bat Galim cable car system that runs up Mount Carmel from the Bat Galim promenade in the western part of the city, and the Rakavlit – a public-transportation aerial tramway in the southeastern part of the city, which ascends from the Haifa Bay public transit hub to the hilly areas housing the University of Haifa and the Technion.

Bat Galim cable car

A tourist cable car runs up and down the mountain from the top of the Carmel, across from the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, to Bat Galim, with views of Haifa Bay and its surroundings.[1] The cable car began operating in 1986.[2] The route is 355 meters long.[3]

Rakavlit - commuter service

Rakavlit gondola lift to Mount Carmel. The HaMifratz central bus station building is visible in the background

The רכבלית/Rakavlit (a diminutive of רכבל, meaning cable car, and itself a contraction of רכבת, train, and כבל, cable), is a gondola lift that is a part of the city's expanded public transport system complementing the existing city bus and Metronit BRT lines.[4]

The cable car's route runs from the HaMifratz Central Bus Station and public transit hub at the foot of Mount Carmel to the Technion and then onto the University of Haifa, for a total distance of 4.4 kilometres and an elevation gain of 460m. Most of the passengers are expected to be students. Total travel time from the Check Post Junction to the University of Haifa was originally estimated at 17 minutes.[5] More recent estimates, however, indicate that travel time will be 19 minutes.[6]

The cable car, which will have six stations when complete, was named through a competition open to schools in the Haifa municipality. A similar contest was held in 2010 to choose the name of Haifa's Metronit lines.[6]

The Yefeh Nof municipal development company began work on the system in June 2017.[7] Original estimates indicated that the project would cost an estimated 280 million NIS.[8] It is part of a wider plan to address traffic congestion in Haifa, and in particular, on the two university campuses. It is anticipated that all discounts (such as student and senior rates) presently available on other transit systems will be available on the cable car, which will also be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.[6]

An anticipated 150 fully-accessible cable cars will each hold up to ten passengers, departing from the stations every 15 seconds. Total passenger capacity is estimated to be up to 2,400 passengers per hour in each direction. The journey from the Haifa Bay Central Station (Merkazit Hamifratz) to the Technion will take about 10 minutes, and another 9 minutes from the Technion to the University of Haifa.[9]

Test runs began on the cable car line in April 2021,[10] with a planned opening date of October 10, 2021. However, media reports the following day indicated that while all infrastructure was complete, a dispute had arisen with Doppelmayr Cable Car, the Austrian cable car manufacturer which was delaying the inauguration of the service.[11] According to official statements from the Israeli Ministry of Transportation, the dispute was contractual in nature, while inside sources believed the dispute was financial in nature, with Doppelmayr demanding a further 20 million Euros in payment before they activate the system.[12]

Doppelmayr also built the cars currently in use for Haifa's Carmelit underground funicular railway line,[13] the shortest subway system in the world, with only four cars, six stations and a single tunnel 1.8 km (1.1 mi) long.

See also

  • Carmelit
  • Egged
  • Metronit
  • Transportation in Israel

References

  1. ^ "Review of Aerial Cable Car and other tour reviews in Haifa". Frommers. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Where will Gurel's eggs fly
  3. ^ Israel Puts Cable Cars On Display
  4. ^ Fadi Eyadat (January 11, 2008). "First came the Carmelit, then the Metronit - and now Haifa 'welcomes' the cable car". Haaretz. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  5. ^ רכבל לב המפרץ [Cable of the Heart of the Bay] (in Hebrew). City of Haifa. 2006. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "לאוניברסיטה ובחזרה: הצצה לרכבל הציבורי הראשון בישראל - וואלה! חדשות". וואלה! חדשות (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  7. ^ Haifa Economic Corporation
  8. ^ "לאוניברסיטה ובחזרה: הצצה לרכבל הציבורי הראשון בישראל - וואלה! חדשות". וואלה! חדשות (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  9. ^ כרנתינג'י, סמר עודה- (2021-10-11). "הרכבלית בחיפה היתה אמורה להיפתח לציבור אמש (א) • הכל כבר מוכן, אז מדוע נדחתה הפעלתה?". חי פה - חדשות חיפה (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  10. ^ ראב"ד, אחיה (2021-04-13). "הקרוניות כבר נעות - פרויקט הרכבל בחיפה נכנס לשלב ההרצה". Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  11. ^ כרנתינג'י, סמר עודה- (2021-10-11). "הרכבלית בחיפה היתה אמורה להיפתח לציבור אמש (א) • הכל כבר מוכן, אז מדוע נדחתה הפעלתה?". חי פה - חדשות חיפה (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  12. ^ "הפעלת הרכבלית בחיפה תקועה: כמה כסף דורשת החברה האוסטרית?". mynethaifa (in Hebrew). 2021-10-21. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  13. ^ "רכבלית", ויקיפדיה (in Hebrew), 2021-11-10, retrieved 2021-11-13

External links

  • רכבל מפרץ - טכניון - אוניברסיטת חיפה [Cable Bay - Technion - University of Haifa] (in Hebrew). Yefeh Nof. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
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