Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım stated that the tender that will extend the rail system to Selçuk district in İzmir will be completed within this year, and they plan to alleviate the transportation problem in the city by commissioning new lines.
Yildirim, said that first met in Izmir, Turkey's railways, Izmir is also in rail as well as a maritime city, he said the city is Turkey's 151 years of railway history takes place in the most brilliant and privileged page.
by modernizing the railway system in the city that the establishment of Turkey's longest and modern urban rail transport system, Aliaga and extend between the Menderes 80 kilometer line If you have chosen the system with voicing become responds to a major demand Lightning, the problem of traffic in system specific routes covering the city from north to south important drew attention to the extent that it solved.
Minister Yıldırım said, “Our fellow citizens of Izmir also loved EGERAY, which carried its first passenger on 30 August 2010. In 1,5 years, the number of passengers carried by EGERAY approached 50 million. As of February 2012, the number of daily passengers exceeded 140 thousand. We will further reduce the transportation problem of İzmir by commissioning new railway lines in İzmir ”.
- "It will increase to 112 kilometers" -
Noting that the construction works of the line that will extend EGERAY to Torbalı are continuing, with the commissioning of the Torbalı line, the line length of 80 kilometers operated by İZBAN will increase to 112 kilometers, Yıldırım said:
“We are planning to bid for the construction of the second line between Torbalı-Selçuk stations, which is 28 kilometers long, this year. We aim to complete the construction of this line in a short time and put it into the service of the people of Izmir. With the commissioning of the Selçuk line, a great potential in terms of tourism will be activated, as well as bringing solutions to traffic and transportation problems. Connecting Selçuk, which contains the ancient city of Ephesus, and İzmir by rail system will increase the number of tourists significantly.
- New Railroad between -Anastas-Kiraz
Minister Yıldırım said that, in addition to EGERAY, renovations continue in İzmir's existing railway infrastructure and that they started the project works to make the 52-kilometer railway line between Aliağa and Bergama double-track, and the project will soon come to life.
A new railway line between Yıldırım, Ödemiş and Kiraz was decided to be completed and the project work was about to be completed.
Reminding that bids have been received for the first phase of the Izmir-Ankara YHT Project, Yıldırım added that 169 companies submitted bids for the first 26-kilometer line, the bid evaluation process continues, and the construction is planned to start soon.