Israel to provide southern periphery train travelers 50% discounts through 2017

Residents of the southern cities of Sderot, Netivot, Ofakim and the surrounding communities will be eligible for 50-percent discounts on train tickets to any destination nationwide through the end of 2017, Transportation Minister Israel Katz declared on Thursday.

Katz made the announcement two days prior to the opening of the new "Negev Railway" line, which will be conveying passengers from Ashkelon to Beersheba and back beginning on Saturday night. The journey between the two cities will take about 50 minutes, with stops at Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, Beersheba North/University and Beersheba – and by the end of the year, also at Ofakim.

"The railway lines between Ashkelon and Beersheba will allow thousands of passengers daily to reach the cities of Beersheba and Tel Aviv quickly and easily, as well as expand employment opportunities for residents," Katz said on Thursday.


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