Kamuran Yazıcı, General Manager of TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ, said that our General Directorate of TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ, which was established by the state as a "railway train operator" within the scope of the liberalization of railway transportation, and has been operating since January 01, 2017, is entering 2021 by celebrating its 5th birthday.
General Manager Yazıcı; “As we enter the new year with our new age, it is our greatest wish that the pandemic, which constitutes the common agenda of the whole world in 2020, will lose its effect as soon as possible.
The Covid-2020 epidemic, which spread to our country in March 19 and has continued its effect until today, changes our plans and perspectives at the individual and social level from the economy to our social and cultural life; It has made it necessary for us to postpone many things in our lives and to switch to a new life format in the corporate and individual fields.
Learning to share, solidarity, and appreciate more beautiful things in this very weary process has added significant values to our lives.
In transportation, which is one of the leading sectors affected by the pandemic, the railway has come to the fore in ensuring the continuity of trade with the halt of road and air transport for a while. In this difficult period, we continued to produce services and carry the burden of the world as TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ General Directorate.
Within the scope of combating the pandemic, we have stopped our main line and regional trains for a while due to the intercity travel restriction, but our high-speed trains with a capacity of 50 percent and passenger transportation in Marmaray and Başkentray are still continuing.
The demand for our domestic and international freight transportation is gradually increasing.
One of the most exciting developments is the mobilization of transport via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line and the Middle Corridor with Marmaray, which allows uninterrupted rail transport between two continents.
With approximately 620 train services to Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China over the most economical, safest, shortest and most climatic international railway corridor between the friendly and sister countries and Asia and Europe continents. While freight transportation is carried out, both the amount of freight increases and new destinations are added.
China-Turkey-European destinations of trains in Europe 18 days; The first rail freight exports from Turkey bid farewell to China for the first time realized in tra milestone in our development are achieving qualifications in rail transport 12 days.
Throughout this challenging process, we have been with our own staff while working to minimize the impact of our country and economy from the pandemic. The health of our employees is our priority, and for this, we have implemented the social support service project to inform our employees during the pandemic process. We shared what needs to be done in order to be protected from the pandemic and not to break away from our own routines.
Mr. Minister, we also phrases it in line with the objective of becoming Turkey's logistical base as 2020 percent in 47, railway investment share, which reached 2023 percent in 60, the total in 2023, 17 thousand 500 kilometers will have gained a railway line.
This will ensure the development of our railway sector in every sense, and will further increase our service quality in all corners of our country.
5. Age of the General Directorate of Turkish State Railways Transport JSC our Turkey, I wish to be beneficial to our industry.
I hope 2021 will pass as a year dominated by feelings of health, peace, peace and love for all humanity.
I offer my love on behalf of TCDD Tasimacilik family. " used his expressions