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Izban: Suburban trains of Izmir


  • Jul 27, 1999
    TCDD and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality inked MoU for development of Izmir suburban system.
  • Sep 25, 2003
    Tender for construction of 1st phase. Bayindir Insaat is awarded.
  • 2004
    Electrification and signalization on Aliaga-Menderes route is completed.
  • Mar 26, 2005
    Contract inked between TCDD and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for developing suburban system. Infrastructure and signalization will be in metro standards. Trains will be operated by a joint venture company for 49 years.
  • Jul 18, 2005
    Construction works started.
  • Feb 2006
    North line (Aliaga-Alsancak) is closed.
  • Jun 19, 2006
    Izban AS founded.
  • Jul 2006
    South line (Alsancak-Cumaovasi) is closed.
  • Jan 15, 2008
    Tender for 99 railcars (33 sets of 3-railcars). Two offers received from CAF and Hyundai Rotem. Best offer by CAF (€ 123 mn).
  • Mar 2008
    CAF is awarded for rolling stock. Delivery in 18 months. Until then, TCDD’s 32 sets for Ankara suburban system will be used temporarily.
  • May 2008
    Municipality requested additonal time until Jun 31, 2009 due to ground difficulties in Karşıyaka tunnel.
  • Jul 2008
    Contract inked with CAF for 99 railcars.
  • Jan 2009
    Tender for signalization and telecommunication for 31 stations. 3 offers received. Best by Doyap Yapi (€ 8 mn).
  • Mar 3, 2009
    Passenger trains started running on South line after 2.5 years.
  • Jul 1, 2010
    Suburban train test runs on Alsancak-Halkapinar-Cumaovasi line.
  • Aug 30, 2010
    Commercial service started on 22-km-long first phase of Izban, Alsancak-Halkapinar-Cumaovasi.
  • Sep 24, 2010
    MoU inked for Cumaovasi-Tepekoy Extension. TCDD will construct second track, signalization and electrification. Municipality will construct stations and overpasses.
  • Oct 29, 2010
    Halkapinar-Aliaga suburban service started with a ceremony.
  • Mar 6, 2011
    Service started on 79-km-long Aliaga-Cumaovasi stretch.
  • June 28, 2011
    Tender for construction of 30-km-long 2nd track on Cumaovasi-Tepekoy. Deadline 240 days. 10 offers received. Gursesli is awarded (TL 26.5 mn).
  • Aug 11, 2011
    Tender for electrification and signalization of Cumaovasi-Tepekoy stretch. Deadline 480 days.
  • Aug 30, 2011
    Izban reached 120k Daily ridership and carried 25 mn passengers in its 1st anniversary. Instead of rented 10 sets, fleet will be extended by 40 new sets, reaching upto 73 sets in total.
  • Oct 7, 2011
    Construction works started for Torbali extension.
  • Oct 10, 2011
    Tender for 40 sets. 3 offers received from Hyundai Rotem, CAF and CSR. Best by Hyundai Rotem (USD 180 mn). Delivery in 34 months. 25% local production ratio is requested.
  • Mar 2012
    Hyundai Rotem is awarded for 40 sets.
  • Jun 10, 2012
    Hilal Station which is interchange stations for metro opened.
  • Jul 2012
    Tenders for stations on Torbali extension.
  • Feb 6, 2016
    30-km-long Tepekoy extension is commissioned. Izban reached to 110 km long network. Stations increased from 31 to 37.
  • Sep 8, 2017
    26-km-long Selcuk extension is commissioned. Izban reached to 136 km long network. Stations increased 40.
  • Jan 2018
    Izban carried 100 mn passengers in 2017.
  • Feb 15, 2018
    New fare system introduced. Passengers will pay according to how long they travelled.
  • Aug 30, 2018
    Izban celebrated 8th anniversary. Over 500 mn passengers used Izban trains in 8 years.
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  1. What has been achieved with the IZBAN system is impressive, but the system is plagued by a problem common to many urban systems: long journeys (Aliağı to Alsancak, for example) are tedious with the many stops. This reminds me of what it is like travelling from Heathrow Airport to central London on the Piccadilly Line. There needs to be consideration for the provision of express/limited stop services and this will certainly be necessary to encourage tourists to use the IZBAN for places such as Selçuk and Bergama. The IZBAN is also a way to access Foca (combined with ESHOT bus services) but would be more attractive with an express service.

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