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Chinese companies lose tenders for Israeli light rail

Chinese companies lost tenders for light rail in the Tel Aviv area, apparently following American pressure against Chinese involvement in strategic projects in Israel.
Chinese workers are seen at a construction site in Ramat Gan, east of Tel Aviv, where the first tunnel for the Tel Aviv underground subway system is being dug, Israel, Feb. 19, 2017.

The Israeli government-owned NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System released Jan. 13 the results of a tender to construct two out of five mass transit lines — the “Green Line” and the “Purple Line” in Israel’s largest metropolitan area. According to the terms of the tender, the companies that win the tender will fund, plan, build and provide maintenance for the light rail system over a period of 25 years, with construction estimated to last about five years.

It was a Public Private Partnership Tender. The two new rail lines will join the “Red Line,” which is expected to begin operating commercially late this year. They will eventually be part of a mass transit system, which carries over 200 million riders per year.

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