The Cable Car between Haifa Mifratz - The Technion - University of Haifa
The new cable car between the Mifratz Transport Terminal (Heb: Merkazit Hamifratz - מרכזית המפרץ) in Haifa, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology campus and the campus of the University of Haifa is nearing completion. The cable care is hoped to alleviate parking and congestion problems in the streets surrounding the two campuses.
Cable car carriages on display at Hamifratz Transport Terminal, Haifa
There are 6 stations along the 4.4km route:
- Merkazit Mifratz (adjacent to the Cinemall shopping mall)
- Checkpost (industrial area and shopping district)
- Dori Rd. (Neve Shaanan neighborhood)
- Central Technion
- Upper Technion
- The University of Haifa (and the Hecht Musuem)
The carriages are set at a fixed distance and travel on a single cable. Travel speed is around 5m/second (18km/hr). It is planned in such a way that during peak hours, carriages will travel at an interval of 10-15 seconds. The carriages pass through the stations very, very slowly, allowing passengers to board or alight the cable car.
Yefe Nof, the engineering company responsible for the project, estimates that 1,800 passengers can be transported per hour. In each carriage there is sitting room for 8 and standing room for another 2 passengers.
- Haifa's underground funicular train, the Carmelit, travels between the Central Carmel and Downtown (6 stations in total)
- Haifa also operates a tourist cable car between Bat Galim and Stella Maris
Operating hours have not yet been publicized but it is expected that the cable car will operate within the same framework as other public transport options in Haifa.
The Ministry of Transport says that the new cable car will be integrated into the public transportation system, and passengers will be able to pay for it in any of the ways they currently pay for public transportation, including Rav-Kav cards, monthly passes, and discounted monthly passes for students.
The project is nearing completion and The Ministry of Transport promises that the cable car is expected to be fully operational during 2020