Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that they have made revolutionary transportation-infrastructure investments in 18 years and said, “We have invested approximately 907 billion TL in transportation infrastructure. 18 percent of this was done to the railroad. Of course, there are mainly highway investments in this. As of September 2020, highways and railroad investments have come together. In other words, the ratio of 65 percent to 18 percent caught each other ”he said. Stating that they have exceeded the 60 percent localization rate on the railroad, Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that they are at the point where they target 80 percent. Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “Similarly, foreign brands were always used in our inner city subways. Almost all brands in the world would work on all of our lines. From now on, we are now returning to local subway productions ”. Karaismailoğlu also noted that a passenger getting off the train can easily reach the place they want to reach in a short distance with a micro mobility vehicle and this will start at Sirkeci Station.
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, answered the questions of journalist Hakan Çelik at the 2023 Railway Vision Session held at the Turkish Railway Summit.
neglected for many years after the 2002 railroad that made a serious investment in Turkey stated that the Minister Karaismailoğlu, "At this point in the comfort of citizens with access to high-speed trains will increase further," he said.
roads are highways from the investment of railway investment in Turkey, indicating that too much Karaismailoğlu, "We have made investments in transportation infrastructure-revolutionary past 18 years. Here, we invested approximately 907 billion TL in transportation infrastructure. 18 percent of this is railroad. Of course, there are mainly highway investments in this. Hopefully, as of September 2020, highways and railroad investments have come together. In other words, the ratio of 65 percent to 18 percent caught each other. Our goal is to pull down the highways a little further and raise the railways a little more. We will complete our shortcomings there, both logistically and in terms of logistics, by completing these investments and offering them to the service of our country. Railway is very important to have a say in the world and to become a leader in its region. As you know, after 2002, our country is just getting acquainted with high-speed train lines. It attracts a lot of attention in the places where they are met. In terms of both comfort, speed and luxury ”he said.
"Our goal in the digitalizing world is zero error"
Stating that 18 percent of the investments they have made in transportation and infrastructure in the last 65 years have been made on highways, he noted that the highway infrastructure is now in place.
Turkey 6 thousand kilometers of divided highway network telling that the Minister Karaismailoğlu to 18 thousand kilometers in 30 years, said they increased the number of airports from 26 to 56.
giving detailed information about Turkey's railway network Karaismailoğlu used the following phrases:
“On the railroad, we normally have a line of 12 kilometers. One thousand 800 kilometers of this is high speed train line. Our goal is to increase this to 200 thousand in high-speed train by 2023. We have a target of 3 thousand with normal conventional lines.
We also work on normal lines in freight transportation to connect these organized industrial zones and ports to main lines and to contribute to the development of the industry and production there. On the one hand, high-speed trains and on the other hand, there is an overall study with freight trains in every part of our country. We do these in line with a logistics master plan and transportation master plan. Integration is also very important in our transportation network. Of course, our goal in this digitalized world is now zero mistakes. "
We aim to increase the use of domestic equipment produced by the public and private sector on Turkish railways.
Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD) is the subsidiary of Turkey Wagon Industry Inc. (TÜVASAŞ), Turkey Locomotive and Engine Industry Inc. (TÜLOMSAŞ) and Turkey Railway Machines Industry AŞ (TÜDEMSAŞ) Turkey Rail as a state economic enterprise by combining System Tools Stating that Sanayii Anonim Şirketi (TÜRASAŞ) was established, Minister Karaismailoğlu said that they aim to increase the use of domestic equipment produced by the public and private sector in Turkish railways.
Emphasizing that they exceeded the 60 percent localization rate on the railroad, Karaismailoğlu said, “We are at a point where we target 80 percent. Similarly, foreign brands were always used in our inner city subways. Almost all brands in the world would work on all of our lines. From now on, we are returning to local subway manufacturing, ”he said.
"We ensured the flow of Black Sea cargo to Eastern Anatolia and South Eastern Anatolia."
Minister Karaismailoğlu reminded that while making new railway investments, they also renewed the old lines, reminding that they completely renewed the 1932-kilometer Samsun-Sivas line built in 400 and turned it into electrical signal. Minister Karaismailoğlu continued as follows: “In this way, we ensured the flow of Black Sea cargo to Eastern Anatolia and South Eastern Anatolia. Following this, access to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line, which we completed, was provided. Turkey midst of east-west and north-south corridors in the world. We have a lot of work to do. We are aware of this responsibility. Hopefully, we want to overcome this responsibility and leave very important investments in our country, our citizens, our youth and our future. I hope we will tackle these things together with our team. I am very confident in both my team and myself. I hope we will overcome all of these things with the vision our President gave us. Everyone should be sure of it. "
Stating that the Eastern Express they commissioned attracted great attention, Karaismailoğlu also stated that they are planning new studies to increase the destination diversity on the railway.
"Sirkeci station will mainly serve as a museum."
Stating that Sirkeci Train Station will be considered as a museum in the coming period, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “We aim to establish a building with bicycle paths, social areas and recreation areas between Sirkeci Station and Kazlıçeşme. Sirkeci station will also be mostly overhauled and will serve as a museum. We are preparing a study on this, ”he said.
Noting that micro-mobility vehicles such as scooters and bicycles will be seen more at the stations in the near future, Karaismailoğlu completed his words as follows: “We have planned it, we will also introduce it in a short time. From now on, a passenger disembarking from the train will easily reach the place he wants to reach in a short distance with a micro mobility vehicle. We will start at Sirkeci Station. "