Urban Transport

Metro and tram in Turkish cities – 2020

Ridership in Kocaeli increased fast

Ridership had increased in all cities with rail in Turkey, except Eskişehir. The new lines reaching full capacity and better integration with buses helped this increase.

İzmit citizens liked new tram, Akçaray, which started service in 2017. Tram line was extended to Okullar and then Plajyolu in 2019. Plan is extending the line to Kuruçeşme. With the help of this extension, ridership increased by 16%, which took Kocaeli to the top of the list.

İstanbul grew with Marmaray

İstanbul is second on the list with an increase of 100 million pax. Biggest contribution is from Marmaray, which attracted 57 million pax more compared to previous year. This was achieved with opening of Gebze-Halkali line. Marmaray will be the backbone of mass transport in İstanbul, connecting many metro lines in operation or under construction. Opening of second phase of Üsküdar-Çekmekoy metro by the end of 2018 has also share in this increase.

Trams of İzmir attract attention

Ridership in İzmir had increased by two new tram lines. Ridership in İzban and İzmir metro were stable. The increase came with trams.

University extension boosted Samsun tram

Samsun is 4th on the list with an increase of 1 million. This increase had come from extension of tram line to university campus, which was opened in July 2019.

Eskişehir is at the bottom of the list. Eskişehir tram system, Estram, is expected to attract more passengers with new extensions opened in 2020.

Change in ridership in Turkish cities 2018-2019
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2 replies »

  1. Great article. Thanks for the annual performance overview of rail based, public transportation in Turkey.

  2. The trains in Izmir are superb. Having been away from the city for a long time, I was very impressed by cost, cleanliness, comfort and frequency. Well done.


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