My response to:
Travelling the tracks to connect Israel’s largest two cities
By Ofer Petersburg
The project looks like an ancient Roman water works. Train projects are never cost efficient, in the modern era they are simply a subsidy to bureaucrats, relieving bureaucrats of spending their own money on commuting. Train project capital costs are prohibitively expensive and tax funded maintenance & labor costs even worse. Now if this were a hyper-loop, then at least, the technology could be exported for a profit.