After many years of construction, the first light rail line in Israel was opened on August 19th, 2011. The light rail crosses Jerusalem from North-East (Pisgat Ze'ev) to South-West (Mount Herzl) along Yafo street and via the central bus station.
The light rail is now in testing phase, but it open to public. Due to problems in installation of ticket validators and traffic lights, it was decided to run the light rail free of charge during the first weeks of operation, after which the charge will rise to ₪2.00. After a few months, once all traffic lights are configured to give precedence to light rail, the testing phase will end and the fare will rise to its planned value of ₪6.40.
When the testing phase ends (late 2011), many bus routes in Jerusalem will change.