858 - Kentlerimizde raylı sistemler araştırması 2018Urban Transport

The rail usage in Turkish cities – 2018

Fastest growing rail network

The new investments in urban rail continues. For “fastest growing rail network”, the ratio of length of new rail investments to current length of rail network is used.

Istanbul has the fastest growing rail network, where 276 km of rail network is currently under construction including Marmaray. When all completed, the length of rail network will be tripled. Even by the end of this year, the total rail network will reach to 250 km.

The second city in the list is Konya. Ministry of Transport is building 45 km of light metro system at Konya. One of the two lines under construction has the same beginning and end stations with the current 21.2-km-long tram line.

The third and fourth in the list are Gaziantep and Kayseri. The reason of such fast growth is the suburban train projects in both cities. Gaziantep will have 25-km-long suburban train line (Gaziray) and Kayseri will have 33-km-long in the first phase (Kayseray).

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Growth in rail network

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  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?


    • 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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