858 - Kentlerimizde raylı sistemler araştırması 2018

The rail usage in Turkish cities – 2018


Best suburban train

In 2017, there was suburban train service only in two cities: Izmir and Istanbul. Note that Istanbul’s suburban train, Marmary, is partially open, connecting both sides of Bosphorus with a 13.5-km-long line. The suburban trains of Ankara has restarted running on 12th April 2018.

The 136-km-long suburban train service crossing Izmir and connecting Aliaga in north to Selcuk in south is the best suburban train of Turkey.

Together with Baskentray which recently started, Kayseray and Gaziray under construction, there’ll be more services to compare next year.

Next page: Best metro system

Written by Onur Uysal

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

2 comments

  1. Thank you for all the information. I read that Adaray in Adapazarı has been suspended recently, so there the network length and usage decreased. Is it going to be reactivated? Is the suspension due to the connection to Karasu port that was listed as a project earlier (https://railturkey.org/2016/04/15/which-projects-will-not-be-commissioned-this-year/)?
    You write about Gaziantep and Kayseri getting suburban railway systems. What about Balıkesir? In 2015 you wrote that the municipality wants to have it finished by 2018 (https://railturkey.org/2015/12/26/suburban-service-project-for-balikesir/). Has there been any progress made here?

    1. The electrification around Balikesir is completed, thus a suburban train on one track may start soon. An agreement was signed between municipality and TCDD in late 2017. Stations have to be built. It may take 1-2 years. No official decleration was made until now about reason of suspension and plans for future.

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