Haifa to Operate New Cable Car, Subway on Shabbos

The Carmelit. Photo by Photo by yaakov Naumi/Flash90
A Carmelit subway car in Haifa. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

In an apparent violation of the status quo, according to top officials in the Transport Ministry, a new line of the Carmel aerial cable car between Haifa University and Haifa Bay will operate, lo aleinu, on Shabbos when it is completed. In addition, the Carmelit subway will begin operating on Shabbos as well.

Currently Haifa has an aerial cable car, but it is used for tourist purposes. The cable car operates on Shabbos and is run by a private company. The new line will be used for mass transport and will be operated by Yefe Nof, a city-owned company. The plan for the cable car is to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cable car will run for 4.6 kilometers, and the line will be able to transport 2,500 people an hour

The Carmelit, which was built 57 years ago, will connect with the cable car at one of its stations. The subway has never operated on Shabbos in the past.