Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım said that the Izmir Suburban System is a project realized by the government and the municipality together and that they see politics as a detail if the issue is to serve Izmir. Established with the partnership of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and TCDD, İzmir Suburban AŞ (İZBAN), the groundbreaking ceremony of İzmir Suburban System, 6 stations to be built in the system with the first rail source of İZBAN Cumaovası-Torbalı line on the south axis, and 9 highway underpasses and overpasses, It was held with the participation of the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım.
Yıldırım, in his speech at the ceremony, that the infrastructure work on the Torbalı line, which they laid the foundation on 7 October, is largely over, with the construction of the first rail-laying work to start today and the construction of the lower-overpasses, the citizens from Torbalı to İzmir with İZBAN Cumaovası-Torbalı line within 1-1,5 years. He stated that the opportunity to travel comfortably to the center would be offered.
Pointing out that the project is an exemplary project, Yıldırım stated:
“This project is a project implemented by the government and the municipality. What we have always said, 'If the issue is to serve İzmir, politics is detail.' The İZBAN line is truly a reflexive project for the people of Izmir. More than 214 million people who have made 80 thousand trips in İZBAN have traveled to this line within 2 years. Their prayer and thanks are enough. Now the projects that will extend the line to Selçuk have been completed and will be tendered soon. In 2013, projects to extend from Aliağa to Bergama are coming to an end. We will equip İzmir from the north to the south with rail systems. We do this step by step. ”
35 of 14 projects are under construction
Yıldırım gave information about other transportation investments in İzmir and started to serve on the renewed Tire Railway Line, the "Anatolian Train" was highly appreciated and they were working on extending this line from Ödemiş to Kiraz, between 30 kilometers between Kemalpaşa and Turgutlu. He also announced that the railway line will be opened next month.
Stating that they are speeding up the work on the Izmir side of the Izmir-Istanbul highway, Yıldırım also said that a tender will be made to deliver the highway to the port under construction in Çandarlı.
Yıldırım stated that the works continue in Logistics Village and Güzelbahçe Fishermen Shelter and Fish Market Projects in Kemalpaşa and said:
”Before the election, we said '35 İzmir 35 Projects'. It has not been 1,5 years, today we started 35 of 14 projects, 10 of them are still preparing. We also made the tender for the İZKARAY project, which will continue under the gulf, and started its work. We are taking an important step in gulf cleaning with the cooperation of TCDD-Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. 2 high-capacity dredging vessels are ready for this. Two channels will be opened in the bay. The south canal, for drafts of the ships coming to the port, the north canal to clean the alluviums formed by 16 streams flowing into the bay. We took this step, we left politics aside, we said service and set off together. ”