Israel Railways is a government-owned company responsible for transporting passengers and cargo all over the country. Israel Railways goes to great lengths to act safely, accurately, professionally and efficiently, while providing the best possible service to the millions of travelers using the train every month.
At Israel Railways, we know that your time is precious. That's why we work around the clock expanding the rail network, increasing safety levels, and adopting the latest technologies.
As a company at the forefront of the public transportation revolution, we're working to improve the quality of your journey, so you can sit back and simply enjoy the ride!
Israel Railways from the establishment of the State of Israel until today
Israel Railways already began operating as an auxiliary unit of the Ministry of Transportation upon the establishment of the State of Israel. In 1988, the operation of Israel Railways was transferred to the Ports and Railways Authority, and in December 1996 the Israeli Government decided to separate it from the Ports and Railways Authority and establish a governmental railway company. In 2003, Israel Railways became an independent government-owned company.
Israel Railways on the fast track
Israel Railways is the transportation company with the highest growth rate, and the largest company of transportation infrastructure in Israel. Israel Railways has two subsidiaries: The Company for the Development of the Israel Railways Sites Ltd. whose remit includes running the business-commercial development of the land sites of the railway stations; and the Cargo Railways Company Ltd., which is responsible for transportation of cargos by the railway and executing investments and infrastructure development.
5 things you never knew about Israel Railways
Over 200,000 passengers travel every day by Israel Railways.
In March 2016, there were 5.4 million train journeys – an all-time record!
Within the Israeli Railways' Logo, you can find the silhouette of inclined Star of David from which four rails are splitting towards the four cardinal directions.
Control of the national railway traffic is handled by a national Control and Command facility located at Haifa Hof HaCarmel Station.
In October 2016, the Valley Line connecting Haifa and the Valley settlements, was restored after a gap of 65 years.
The vision and objectives of Israel Railways
Israel Railways hires approximately 3,400 employees working nationwide 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to provide our passengers with safe, fast and efficient travel. Here are the goals we've set for all employees and managers of the railway:
Improving the quality of management, corporate culture and business orientation
Increasing the amount of rail journeys
Increasing revenues and profitability from cargo
Improving passenger service
Improving the railway's image
Increasing safety levels
Improving the fitness of the mobile stock
Improving the availability and utilization of the rails and the associated infrastructures
Fulfillment of the development plan through compliance with the development schedule
Improving profitability and economic optimization
The customer is always at the center!
Israel Railways puts an emphasis on the travel experience and on continuous improvement of the service we provide our passengers. Inter alia, by increasing the frequency of trains, adding stations, expanding and upgrading parking lots and stations, providing training for service providers, making constant improvement in information channels and different projects designed to empower the travel experience and the time spent at stations, such as libraries and pianos at stations.
Israel Railways in numbers
In 2015, the annual turnover of Israel Railways totaled NIS 2.3 billion from current operation, and an investment flow of about NIS 1.7 billion from development activity. In 2015 and 2016 the company issued bonds to the amount of about NIS 1 billion per issuance and became a reporting corporation subject to the Securities Regulations regarding transparency and efficiency.
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