Noting that they evaluated the transportation and communication systems in Turkey as a whole, it was said that they made Turkey a leader in its region and an effective transit and connection point in the world in all transportation modes. approached. Since April 600, 17, when the first freight train passed, 2020 trains have carried 108 thousand tons of freight over Marmaray.
“ 3 thousand 500 km of new railway construction continues”
Karaismailoğlu stated that railway investments, which have existed for a century and a half in Turkey, were left to long-term indifference and their own fate after the first years of the Republic, and continued his speech as follows:
“Since 2003, we have given priority to railway investments. As a first job, we renewed all of our existing railway networks. We increased the length of the railway to 12 kilometers. Our 803 thousand 3 km new railway construction is still continuing. Since 500, we have increased the signaled railway line length by 2003 percent and the electrified line length by 172 percent. Our work continues intensively to make all of our railways electrified. Between 180 and 2003, we invested 2020 billion liras for railway investments. We have become an international transit and logistics center in the Middle Belt of the Silk Railway line stretching from China to England. We strengthened our effectiveness in our region with our Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line.”
“As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, We Continue to Knit Our Country's Railway Network”
Expressing that they continue their success in intercity railroad management in the same way in urban rail systems, Karaismailoğlu stated that 6,5 million passengers per day and 2 billion 393 million passengers per year are carried in the rail systems put into service by the Ministry.
Stating that the rail system length of Istanbul will increase to 354,3 kilometers when the projects are completed, Karaismailoğlu noted that they continue to work excitedly to take the big steps taken in this field with the vision and support of the President, thanks to the "Railroad Reform" announced last year, "During our governments, Among our investments in transportation and communication, our railways have been the second mode of transportation in which the most investments have been made. As of today, the railway is the first mode of transportation where the most investment is made. As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we continue to weave our country's railway network. While doing this, we produce all the machinery and equipment needed by our railways in our country with domestic and national resources.” said.
“The Number of Passengers Using Marmaray Approached 600 Million”
Stating that they are making efforts to prioritize Turkey as an advantageous transit point on the railway line stretching from Beijing to London, Karaismailoğlu said that they have put on the "golden ring" of this line with the Marmaray railway crossing to Istanbul. Underlining that they connect two continents under the sea with Marmaray, one of the most important projects in the world, Karaismailoğlu said, “The number of passengers using Marmaray so far has approached 600 million. Since April 17, 2020, when the first freight train passed, 108 trains have carried 990 thousand tons of freight over Marmaray.
“A New Generation Transportation Project”
Karaismailoğlu, who gave information about Kazlıçeşme-Sirkeci Urban Transportation and Recreation Focused Transformation Project, continued his speech as follows:
“An 8,5 kilometer rail system line between Kazlıçeşme and Sirkeci, which is idle; It is a pedestrian-oriented, environmentally sensitive revitalization work. Our project; It is a very important project that will add value to the value of our Istanbul with its new green area of 74 thousand square meters, 7,5 kilometers of bicycle and 6,5 kilometers of pedestrian path, 10 thousand 120 square meters of square and recreation areas and 6 thousand square meters of closed social and cultural area. With the completion of the project, in a 30-year period; 425 million Euros in terms of road maintenance and operation, 117 million Euros due to the reduction in environmental impacts, and 243 million Euros as time savings; In total, we will save over 786 million Euros”.
Karaismailoğlu stated that while realizing all these investments, they closely followed the technological change in the world as the public and private sector and kept up with the speed of the age, and concluded his words as follows:
“Our project, which we launched during the European Mobility Week on September 16-22, we are in, will make a great contribution to the smart and efficient mobility in our mega-city, and will also serve our Istanbul and our country with a human-oriented and environmentally sensitive approach, just like our other projects.”