Suburban services hit 150 million

The passengers using suburban services in Turkey’s three biggest cities of Turkey had exceeded 130 million last year.

75.2 mn of them was carried by Izban, joint venture of TCDD and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, 43.6 mn by Marmaray in Istanbul and 11.8 mn by Ankaray in Ankara.

Ridership in Suburban Trains (million passenger)

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Istanbul / Marmaray 48,7 52,7 50,4 21,1 43,6
Ankara / Ankaray 11,2 6,7 4,3 11,8
Izmir / Izban 2,6 35,4 50,4 61,2 75,2
Sum 62,5 94,8 100,8 86,6 130,6

Construction works continue on all of these three lines for extension or modernization where there are two more cities, Kayseri and Gaziantep, with projects for suburban service.

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

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