Lev HaMifratz Railway Station

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Lev HaMifratz Railway Station

Lev HaMifratz Railway Station (Hebrew: תחנת הרכבת לב המפרץ‎, Tahanat HaRakevet Lev HaMifratz) is an Israeli railway passenger station in Haifa, Israel, serving Lev HaMifratz Mall (Hebrew: קניון לב המפרץ‎, Heart of the Bay Mall), one of Haifa's largest malls, and the surrounding Haifa Bay industrial zone in the north-east of the city.

Location[edit]

The station is situated on the North-South coastal line and is located in the southern part of the Haifa-Bay industrial zone. The station is one of two railway stations serving this district (the other being Hutzot HaMifratz Railway Station), although it is much larger in terms of passenger numbers and trains serving it. The station is also one of six railway stations within Haifa's municipal borders.

History[edit]

The station was constructed during the summer of 2001 and officially opened on October 8, 2001. This is the first public railway station whose construction was entirely funded by a private enterprise (the adjacent shopping mall). Entrance to the station is possible only through the mall's second floor, where a small station building exists. A bridge connects the mall's second floor with the two platforms on ground level just west of it.

During the 2006 Lebanon War train service to the station was suspended after a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket hit a train depot in Haifa on July 16, 2006, killing 8 Israel Railways workers. It was restored 29 days later, on August 14, two days after the ceasefire went into effect.

Train service[edit]

Lev HaMifratz Railway Station is a station on both the main North-South coastal line of Israel Railways NahariyaHaifaTel-AvivModi'in/Be'er Sheva Inter-City Service) and the suburban line serving Haifa's northern suburbs – The Krayot (Haifa - Kiryat Motzkin Suburban Service). The station is situated between Hutzot HaMifratz Railway Station to the north and Haifa Central HaShmona Railway Station to the south.

Public transport connections[edit]

Lev HaMifratz Railway Station is located some 300 meters from the HaMifratz Central Bus Station, which constitutes the public transport gateway to Haifa from the North. It is the terminus for all Egged bus lines between Haifa and its northern suburbs, as well as other cities in northern Israel. The bus terminal also serves as the terminus for several intracity bus lines within Haifa, operated by Egged. Apart from buses, the station is served by sherut (shared) taxis passing along Route 4.

Future plans[edit]

When the Metronit is completed, it will have an interchange station with Israel Railways at Lev HaMifratz. In the middle of the 2010s decade, the entire public transport complex at Lev Hamifratz is slated for a massive expansion whereby an integrated transit hub will include a new central bus station building, additional train platforms to serve the future Jezreel Valley railway and possibly a terminal for a proposed aerial tramway connecting the station with the Technion University on Mount Carmel.

Nahariya - Modi'in inter-city line
Nahariya
Akko
Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Haim
Lev HaMifratz
Haifa Central HaShmona
Haifa Bat Galim
Haifa Hof HaCarmel
Atlit
Binyamina
to Kfar Sava
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv Savidor Central
Tel Aviv HaShalom
Tel Aviv HaHagana
to Rishon LeZion Moshe Dayan
to Lod
Ben Gurion Airport
Highway 1
to Lod
Paatei Modi'in
Modi'in Central
Israel Rail Lines Map
Nahariya - Be'er Sheva inter-city line
Nahariya
Akko
Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Haim
Lev HaMifratz
Haifa Central HaShmona
Haifa Bat Galim
Haifa Hof HaCarmel
to Kfar Sava
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv Savidor Central
Tel Aviv HaShalom
Tel Aviv HaHagana
to Rishon LeZion Moshe Dayan
to Ben Gurion Airport
Lod
to Ashkelon
Ramla
to Jerusalem Malha
Kiryat Gat
Lehavim Rahat
Be'er Sheva North
to Dimona
Be'er Sheva Central
Israel Rail Lines Map
Kiryat Motzkin - Haifa suburban line
Nahariya
Akko
Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Haim
Hutzot HaMifratz
Lev HaMifratz
Haifa Central HaShmona
Haifa Bat Galim
Haifa Hof HaCarmel
Israel Rail Lines Map


External links[edit]

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Towards: Nahariya
Kiryat Haim
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Inter-City Service
  Towards: Be'er Sheva Central
Haifa Central HaShmona
Towards: Nahariya
Kiryat Haim
  NahariyaHaifaTel AvivBen-Gurion AirportModi'in
Inter-City Service
  Towards: Modi'in Central
Haifa Central HaShmona
Towards: Nahariya/Kiryat Motzkin
Hutzot HaMifratz
  Nahariya/Kiryat Motzkin - Haifa
Suburban Service
  Towards: Hof HaCarmel
Haifa Central HaShmona

Coordinates: 32°47′38″N 35°02′13″E / 32.7939°N 35.0370°E / 32.7939; 35.0370