Cable car to link Western Wall with rest of Jerusalem

( The city of Jerusalem is moving forward with a plan to build a cable car system that will bring visitors to and from the Western Wall.

The Western Wall. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

One line will connect Dung Gate (the Old City gate closest to the Western Wall) with the Mount of Olives to the east, and a second line will connect Dung Gate with the Khan Theater on Hinnom Ridge to the west, Israel Hayom reported.

The system will be able to transport 6,000 passengers per hour. Each of the 1.6 kilometer routes will take about four minutes to traverse.

Jerusalem municipal officials said the cable car system will meet the needs of the growing millions of people who visit the Western Wall and the Old City each year.

“Beyond being a transportation solution, the cable car will also serve as a unique and innovative tourist attraction that will provide breathtaking views,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said.

Posted on May 1, 2013 .