Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's General Directorate of IZDENIZ has recently reduced the frequency of trips to every 15 minutes, and the wage advantage for cyclists has been positively reflected in passenger statistics. On the other hand, the Uğur Mumcu Car Ferry, which is about to be completed, will be a New Year's gift to the city.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality General Directorate of İZDENİZ, which provides public transportation services in İzmir Bay, has recently started to serve cyclists for 5 kurus; then, by switching to the "once in 15 minutes during the day" tariff, it ended the waiting period in sea transportation. The new implementations also reflected positively on passenger statistics.
While the number of cyclists using the ships was 2 in the first week of September; In its last week, it increased by 617 percent to 54.7. İZDENİZ has also increased its bicycle mooring capacity in all its ships. There are 4 bicycle mounts on cruise ships and 69 on car ferries.
Record on the car ferry
Karşıyaka- With the departure of the cruise ships on the Konak and Bostanlı-Konak lines every 15 minutes throughout the day, and the car ferries every 20 minutes, there was a great increase in the number of passengers with cars. While the number of car passengers using the Üçkuyular-Bostanlı line was 2020 thousand 76 in August 572; this number increased by 25.5 percent in September, reaching 96 thousand 131. While the highest number of vehicles transported during the day before the pandemic was 3 thousand 8, the record was broken with 2 thousand 4 vehicles on Friday, October 320. Citizens fleeing the motor vehicle traffic, which intensified with the concern of coronavirus, gained time and fuel thanks to the ferryboats that travel every 20 minutes.
Uğur Mumcu is also coming
Having the youngest naval fleet in Europe, İZDENİZ continues to get stronger with new ships. After Fethi Sekin Car Ferry, which started its voyage in August, Uğur Mumcu Car Ferry is counting the days to be included in the fleet. The ship, whose construction is about to be completed, will arrive in Izmir by the end of October. Uğur Mumcu Car Ferry is planned to start serving Izmir residents by January 2021 at the latest, after inspection and acceptance procedures. With the commissioning of this ship, car ferry trips will be able to be made every 15 minutes, especially during peak hours.
Use the sea save time
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that sea transportation is both enjoyable and saves time. Stating that the gulf is a great chance for Izmir in every sense, President Soyer said, “We have such an important alternative in public transportation. We want our citizens to use it much more widely and we work for it. With or without a pandemic; Let's prefer sea transportation more so that we can save time. Decrease in motor vehicle traffic; "With the decrease in fuel consumption, it will contribute to our national wealth, and to the public and nature health by minimizing environmental and noise pollution."