For ABC Wednesday F is for fine.
And for failure, franchise, and frequency.
Israel's Transportation Ministry is fining Citypass for failure to meet the franchise conditions:
the frequency of the trams is too low, the hardly-working ticket machines are still frustrating and enfuriating, and average travel time is 20% longer that originally planned.
CityPass, the private consortium that won a 30-year contract to build and run Jerusalem's light rail system, has had two years of operating the new trams.
But they just can't seem to get it right, and now they will have to pay the State a million shekel fine (about $280,000), according to today's report by Army radio.
Feh. F is for "This is a fine kettle of fish," that funny old English idiom meaning a troublesome situation, a vexing problem.
I can honestly say the tram and all the eight years of its construction (and tearing up the main roads) are not something that I miss after moving away from Jerusalem.