The train is so popular, there are many times of the day when even at one of the earliest stops in the route in Pisgat Ze'ev there are no empty seats. And in the center of Jerusalem, on Jaffa Road, the train is frequently as crowded as the NYC Subway at rush hour.
An advantage during rush hour is that it runs on tracks and doesn't get stuck in traffic. Well, honestly, that isn't so true. There's a place in the Beit Chanina/Shuafat Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem where I've found myself more than once in a train that can't move at all.
Cars turning onto the road which is parallel to the tracks get stopped by a red light in the distance. The junction at which they are turning doesn't go red quickly enough.
Last week, when I was on the train and standing in the very front, behind the driver, I heard another passenger saying that we should watch, because the driver is equipped with a camera.
"Watch, the driver has a camera. He's going to take a picture of the cars licenses blocking him. And then those drivers get one thousand (1,000) shekel fines."
And yes, the driver did take out a smartphone, and he took pictures of the cars in front and their license plates. Hopefully this should keep people from trying to sneak past the light when it's turning red.