The New Rachbalit – the Cable Car between Haifa Mifratz – The Technion – University of Haifa
April 2022 – 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 has finally opened.
The cable car was designed to alleviate parking and congestion problems in the streets surrounding the two campuses as well as providing quick and easy access, for out-of-towners, to the two campuses.
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 slowly allowing passengers to board or alight the cable car.
It is estimated that 2,400 passengers can be transported during peak hours. 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)
The cable car will operate within the same framework as other public transport options in Haifa but it will not be operation during Shabbat.
The Ministry of Transport confirms that the new cable car is integrated into the public transportation system, and passengers are 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 and via digital transport apps like HopOn Rav Pass.
Haifa also operates a tourist cable car between Bat Galim and Stella Maris