"We are pushing 250 kilometers in the rail system," said Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu in his speech at the ceremony of the commissioning of "special production for Izmir" buses.
Reminding that the rail system network is actually operating on a 179 km line, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor said, “We laid the 7,2 km foundation of Narlıdere on Saturday evening. The cost of the violation is 1 billion liras. The project of the Buca Metro has finished; In Ankara, after the approval of the Ministry of Development, we will bid for construction. We continue the loan negotiations; it's going well. We have no problem finding credit. If we add the 13,5 km Buca subway, we will find 200 kilometers in the rail system. 52 km Bergama line will start in İZBAN, which we have partnered with TCDD. If we can operate İZBAN, where we carry 350 thousand passengers today, we have the potential to carry 750 thousand passengers daily. But for this, TCDD must first solve the signaling problem. If this happens, we will experience the pleasure of being the first city to carry more than 50 percent of the passengers on the rail system. ”
Explaining the signalization problem related to İZBAN, Mayor Kocaoğlu continued as follows: “There is no signaling in İZBAN. They say there is but no! We do not work at long distances, we cannot place trains between them. Suburban trains must be transferred to İZBAN in Menemen and Torbalı. We explained that we could easily carry passengers without transferring those trains into the city, but unfortunately we could not take a step. A very important investment was made here. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality was the biggest one. why such an investment is not used efficiently? Why is it not answered when asked for an account? I leave this to the discretion of our citizens of Izmir. ”
Expressing that they will reach a total of 70 kilometers, 250 kilometers of which are under construction until the end of this year, Aziz Kocaoğlu said, “When we come to office, we carry 70 or 80 thousand passengers a day, today we carry 800- 850 thousand. We needed 1200 buses to carry so many passengers. Think about the city's savings and how big the carbon emission burden is. We are opening new ways, we are moving to a new model in transportation, we provide local development model in the model of Izmir in Turkey. We have established a system that everyone is satisfied with a XNUMX% agreement with urban transformation. We tried hard, we did; Today, every municipality that will make urban transformation takes the Izmir model as an example. Turkey Izmir is growing smaller and smaller, "he said. Mayor Kocaoğlu completed his speech with the sentence "Let everywhere be like Izmir".