Public Transport by Rail in Turkish Cities

Turkish municipalities are more and more interested in railway solutions in last years.

There are 12 cities in Turkey which has railway solutions within the city for public transport. They are Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Bursa, Eskisehir, Kayseri, Gaziantep, Konya, Samsun, Adana, Antalya and Adapazari.

The total network is more than 500 kilometers and the rolling stock exceeds 1800 by now.

Most of the network is being operated by municipalities (generally via a subsidiary of municipality responsible for railway transport).

4 cities are using national rail network for public transport: Istanbul (Marmaray), Izmir (Izban), Ankara and Adapazari (Adaray).

Istanbul Ulasim is the biggest operator in Turkey with a network of 119 km and 632 railcars.

Various manufacturers are selected for the rolling stock. Railcars of ABB, AnsaldoBreda, Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, CNS, Duewag, Gotha, Hyundai Rotem, Siemens and Skoda are running in Turkish cities. CSR will soon start as well.

Also there are railcars of 2 Turkish companies, Durmazlar and Istanbul Ulasim on operation too. Bozankaya has also a contract to supply trams.

Here are the network lengths and rolling stock fleet details of Turkish cities for public transport:

Photo: Onur Uysal



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