Today I took the train to work for the first time in years, and for the first time since making aliyah. What a pleasure it was. Instead of fighting the traffic into Tel Aviv, I only had to fight the traffic to Herzliya. I popped on a train and twenty minutes later popped off again, to begin the short walk to my destination. When I was finished for the day, despite the rush hour traffic, I reversed the process. How was it on the way back? Well, let’s just say I was so relaxed, I had to make a sharp exit for fear I missed my stop!
There is no train station in Ra’anana. However, next year two of them are due to complete. I only went in to Tel Aviv for work for a special meeting, and unless I change companies that is unlikely to happen much in the future. But a decent train service would make leisure trips into Tel Aviv (and beyond) a lot more palatable.
I don’t want to wish my life away, so I’ll be patient. But I will be glad when Ra’anana joins the train network.