Noting that MARMARAY was conveyed to them as a dream of 150 years from the Ottoman Empire, Prime Minister Erdoğan stated that the idea of joining the two continents by laying tubes under the Bosphorus was born 150 years ago. Erdogan stated that it is the AK Party government to make this 150-year-old dream come true.
Prime Minister Erdogan, said:
“If these judicial decisions were not made, we would be 4 years ahead. We lost 4 years. Happily, we made the first rail welding this month in the MARMARAY Project, and we are getting closer to the end step by step. Within the scope of MARMARAY Project, we hope to build 40 stations on Asian and European sides. The line of 76,3 kilometers is being built under the sea, 13,6 kilometers underground. 75 thousand passengers will be transported in one direction per hour. 2 train can move on these lines every 1 minutes. When the project is completed, the distance between Üsküdar and Sirkeci will be reduced to only 4 minutes. From Söğütlüçeşme to Yenikapı in 12 minutes, from Bostancı to Bakırköy in 37 minutes, from Gebze Halkalıwill be able to reach in 105 minutes.
Currently, the share of the rail system in urban transportation in Istanbul is 8 percent. When Marmaray is completed, this ratio will increase to 28 percent. Hopefully, with the introduction of MARMARAY on 2013 October 29, Istanbul traffic will significantly relax; serious fuel savings will be achieved and most importantly, time will be saved. ”