By opening of Marmaray project in 2019 1Q, rail freight and passengers will meet Istanbul after long years. Is Istanbul ready for this?
The competition in intermodal services between Turkey and Europe will be harder in 2019.
The Marmaray pass which will open in the beginning of 2019 may change the logistics map of Istanbul.
Business Insider published the list of 11 giant infrastructure projects that could reshape Europe. There are two projects from Turkey.
While Turkey’s neighbours step forward in transit rail traffic, Turkey is working on the transit rail freight projects to increase its share of transit traffic in region, which is almost nothing by now.
The engineering works have restarted at Marmaray after three years.
The Marmaray project which citizens of Istanbul are waiting curiously and anxiously could not speed up yet.
Annual ridership in suburban trains in Turkey reached to 160 mn in 2015.
The scope, route, stops, targets, cars, ridership figures and history of Marmaray project, 1st phase of which was commissioned and 2nd is under construction and which will connect Asian and European side of Istanbul by rail via tunnel under Bosphorus:
Construction works at Marmaray, which almost stopped for last 2 years, had restarted, but is progressing very slowly.