The Israeli government has approved nationalizing the Tel Aviv metro light railway project in hopes of jump-starting the estimated $3-billion project after five years of delay. Two months after canceling a private consortium’s proposal, the government says it will finance construction from the state budget. The state-owned Metropolitan Mass Transit System Co. will oversee the project. The 22-km line will link Petah Tikva north of the city to Bat Yam in the southwest. About $390 million in route planning and design is set for completion by the end of 2011. The rail line, now expected to be completed in 2017,
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