Rail transportaiton systems develop fast in metropols of Turkey.
In 2016, more than 1 billion passengers use urban rail systems in Turkey. More than half of that was in Istanbul.
Still, usage is far behind the metropols of the world. The daily ridership of Paris metro is 4 million doubling the population of the city. Daily ridership reaches to 50% of population in New York, London and Moscow.
The highest ratio in Turkey is 14% in Eskişehir. Eskişehir has the 5th longest rail system among all Turkish cities. Succesfully designed tram network becomes one of the main transportation system in the city connecting main bus and train stations, city center and universities.
İzmir is second in the list with effective integration of suburban train and buses. With huge metro investments in recent years, Istanbul is third in the list. Both cities have daily ridership/population ratios over 10%.
Below are the ratios of Turkish cities including metros, trams and suburban trains:
Adana is at the bottom of the list having the shortest rail system except Adapazari. The Meydan-Airport-Expo tram line at Antalya, which is the least-crowded rail system among all, could not take Antalya to better place in the list.
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