858 - Kentlerimizde raylı sistemler araştırması 2018

The rail usage in Turkish cities – 2018


Biggest increase in ridership

Antalya is on the top of list of increase in ridership compared to 2016, far ahead of the other cities. As Expo/Airport line is commissioned, the number of passengers were more than doubled.

The second city on the list is Ankara, increasing the ridership by 7%.

2016ya göre yolcu artışı
Increase in ridership compared to 2016

Istanbul was the only city where ridership decreased in 2017. Eurasia tunnel (the new tunnel for cars) might be the cause of this decrease.

Neither Gaziantep and Adana are taken into account since the 2017 figures are not available, nor Kocaeli, since tram system was commissioned in 2017.

Next page: Fastest growing rail network

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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