We Connected the Mediterranean and Aegean with Rails

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Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan's article titled “We Tied the Mediterranean and the Aegean with Rails” was published in the December issue of Raillife magazine.

The Author of the Minister

Travel is more than just going from one place to another. The journey is the experience, the story, even if we take it a little further; travel is a way of life. As everyone is aware, the forgotten, unused and decaying railways, thanks to the investments we have made in the railways in recent years, have become usable again with modernization. Re-confidence of our citizens kazanwas. However, the new face and new vision of our railways lies on the basis of the popularity of the Eastern Express recently. The Eastern Express, which once carried only 20 to 30 thousand passengers a year, hosted over 200 thousand passengers three years ago; The fact that this number reached 437 thousand last year is the result of this excitement. In addition, this excitement spreads as our citizens see the beauties of our country and taste its cultural richness. This beautiful interest is reflected in our other express tours. The Vangölü Express, which was almost not used in previous years, hosted exactly 269 thousand passengers last year.

Therefore, we take our precautions regarding our other express services in line with the demands of our citizens. Accordingly, we started the Lakes Express, which connects the Mediterranean and the Aegean with rails, but was removed 10 years ago because of not being used. The Lake Express, where we renew the infrastructure and increase the comfort, started to travel mutually every day with an average travel time of 8 hours and 30 minutes and a capacity of 262 passengers. This express will be indispensable for the passengers between the Mediterranean and the Aegean. Nobody will worry about not finding bus tickets on their way to Izmir, Denizli, Burdur, Aydin. I hope this exciting service will be beneficial for those who will benefit from the service in our region.

I wish you a good journey…

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