A controversial plan to build a cable car from the edge of modern Yerushalayim to the Old City is soon to be presented to the National Infrastructure Committee and may be in operation by 2021.
The $57 million project will have seventy-three cars carrying 3,000 passengers hourly along a one-mile line. Leftists object that the cable car’s terminus will be located at the City of David Center, Arabs object that it will pass close to Har Habayis, and environmentalists object that it will spoil the city skyline.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz believes cable cars may help solve Israel’s traffic congestion. He launched a new cable car system in Haifa several months ago and is working on similar projects in Teveriah, Afula and Carmiel. There are also plans to build a cable car between Ma’aleh Adumim and Yerushalayim.