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By Mark Levy
Last Updated 8/17/2015 at 1:20 PM
Tel Aviv, Kikar Rabin: Tel Aviv, a city still wrapping its collective head around where you’re supposed to and not supposed to ride your bicycle, is absolutely positive that it can successfully plan, build, and operate a complex light rail system linking a dense urban core with outlying regions, while adhering to a strict timetable and budget. The Daily Freier met up outside of City Hall with Dalia G. from the Urban Planning Department to discuss the project.
“Urban light rail is the logical next step for a modern metropolis like Tel Aviv” noted Dalia, as she deftly stepped aside of an electric bicyclist moving down the sidewalk at 20 Kph. Dalia continued, “I mean, we are the Start-Up nation. Light rail is a logistical challenge well within our capabilities.” as she expertly pulled the Daily Freier reporter out-of-the-way of a driver parking his car halfway onto the sidewalk. When the Daily Freier asked Dalia if perhaps the city might better spend its resources constructing a Central Bus Station that didn’t look like it was designed by a bargain-hunting Klingon pimp , she grew somewhat impatient. “Listen. We are fully capable of integrating light rail into our existing bus and train infrastructure. I don’t understand your pessimism. I mean, really. You act like we’re going to release thousands of rats on the city or something.”