Bnei Brak – Ramat HaHayal Railway Station
|Location||Mivtza Kadesh St. 1, Bnei Brak, Israel|
|Opened||September 20, 1949|
Bnei Brak – Ramat HaHayal Railway Station is a suburban passenger railway station in Israel, operated by Israel Railways. It is located near the Bnei Brak – Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak – Tel Aviv borders next to the Ayalon Mall and the Ramat Gan Stadium. In spite of its proximity to important industrial and commercial areas of Gush Dan as well as to residential areas of Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak is one of the least popular stations of Israel Railways, possibly because of its misleading name and lack of awareness.
The station is located approximately 200 meters from the three-borders point between Bnei Brak, Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan, which is situated near the bridge of Mivtza Kadesh Street over the Yarkon River.
Bnei Brak station was originally opened on September 20, 1949, for the purpose of serving the residents of Tel Aviv, and named Tel Aviv North. At that time, neither the Coastal railway nor the Ayalon railway existed, and the only connection from the northern railways (especially Haifa) to the south was through the Eastern Railway, which did not include a connection to Tel Aviv. The closest such connection was in the Petah Tikva Railway Station, which lay at the end of a short westbound spur off the Eastern railway. In 1949, Israel Railways decided to lengthen this railroad branch further to the west, and thus created this station.
With the opening of the Coastal railway in May 1953, the Tel Aviv North branch was further lengthened westward to connect with it and the station became more relevant and served as an interim stop on the Haifa–Jerusalem service using the new Coastal Railway. This was enabled since the route through the station could connect to the Jaffa–Jerusalem railway by bypassing central Gush Dan through Tel Aviv North and from there to the Eastern railway via Rosh Ha'yin and Lod.
With the opening of Tel Aviv Center in November 1954 by extending the Coastal railway further into Tel Aviv, the station's relevancy again declined and its name was changed to Bnei Brak, with only a few trains continuing to use it. After the full opening of the Ayalon railway in the 1990s that connected the Coastal railway with the Jaffa–Jerusalem railway via the Ayalon Highway in heart of the Tel Aviv region, passenger service on the branch to Bnei Brak and Petah Tikva was abandoned entirely.
On June 3, 2000, a new suburban service was initiated by Israel Railways, going from Tel Aviv to the Rosh HaAyin South Railway Station. The Bnei Brak station became part of this line and opened later the same year. The station remained a stop on the route when a few years later, Rosh HaAyin South station was closed and the suburban line's terminus was changed to Kfar Sava via the new Rosh HaAyin North station.
The passenger station has three platforms—one adjacent to the entrance, and two on an island between two rail tracks.
Despite its name, Bnei Brak station is close to many North-Eastern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, and is the railway station most easily accessible by public transport from Ramat HaSharon. North-East Tel Aviv (Ever HaYarkon neighborhoods) is accessible by frequent bus service operated by Dan Bus Company. The station is also a walking distance from Ramat HaHayal industrial and leisure zone in Tel Aviv.
The access to the station is from Lehi Street, a cul-de-sac connected to Mivtza Kadesh Street, which divides Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan. Several bus lines travel along Mivtza Kadesh Street and stop near the station's entrance. Most of the lines to Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak are operated by Dan, but lines 524, 525 and 531 to Ramat HaSharon and Herzliya are Egged lines, and line 137 to Yehud via Kiryat Ono is operated by Kavim. A Dan bus terminal located near Ayalon Mall offers additional connections to Ramat Gan and Giv'atayim.
|Railways in the Tel Aviv area|
|Preceding station||Israel Railways||Following station|
|Towards: Hod Hasharon Sokolov
Petah Tikva Kiryat Aryeh
|Hod HaSharon - Tel Aviv - Rishon LeZion - Ashkelon - Be'er Sheva
|Towards: Be'er Sheva Center
Tel Aviv University