NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. is the company responsible for the design and construction of a mass transit system for the Tel Aviv metropolis. NTA is a government company founded in 1997 for the purpose of providing appropriate solutions for the metropolis’ transit problems. NTA is leading a cultural-national revolution in the field of transportation through construction of the main public transportation system of the Gush Dan region. This mass transit system is the largest and most complex transportation project ever executed in Israel.
The Red Line will be the first of a network of Light Rail Transit (LRT) to be operated by NTA. This line represents part of a comprehensive plan to improve the welfare and quality of life of Israel’s citizens.
In 2010, the government passed a decision to transfer responsibility for execution of the project to NTA. Pursuant to the government decision, NTA began extensive recruitment of professionals in the fields of engineering, design, and infrastructure for purposes of the project.
The government decision (2010) to transfer execution of the project to NTA became a turning point for the project. After a brief period of organization, a series of operations were initiated simultaneously to advance all LRT lines. Relocation of infrastructure, preparation of execution tenders, change of organizational structure, and innumerable operations performed simultaneously, characterized the current phase of the project life cycle.
In 2012, the scope of operations reached its zenith, with NTA issuing some of the largest execution tenders ever issued in Israel. The list of tenders included the Prequalification phase (PQ) for the conventional NATM digging works tender, the TBM digging works tender together with the station complex tender, and the SDAG (the train system that is the heart and brain of the project) tender. The professional conferences held by the company met an active response and saw the participation of dozens of international firms, including some of the leading and largest companies. The companies came from 12 different countries, a clear vote of confidence in NTA, the project, and the State of Israel.
At the conclusion of the process, 18 giant international companies, some in partnership with Israeli firms, submitted their proposals for participation in the tender.