Speaking about the investments of the ministry at the General Assembly of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu announced that they continue to work on the rail system in Ankara, Kocaeli, Kayseri, Bursa and Gaziantep.
Karaismailoğlu said, “With the metros we have implemented in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Kocaeli and Antalya, 990 million passengers have been transported so far. We saved 305 million hours of time and 282 thousand tons of fuel. We have achieved a reduction of 156 thousand tons in carbon emissions. Currently, we have 6 projects under construction in 10 more provinces. When these projects are completed, we will save 11 million hours of time and 146 thousand tons of fuel, as well as contributing 136 billion TL per year to our economy.”
Karaismailoğlu, who said that we undertook an important part of Istanbul's urban rail system network, as the Ministry, said, "We continue the construction of the 103 kilometer line. Istanbul Airport-Eyüp-Kağıthane-Gayrettepe-Beşiktaş metro line. We open the Kağıthane-Airport line four months later, and the Gayrettepe-Airport line 8 months later. Kucukcekmece-Halkalı-We are opening the Arnavutköy-Basakşehir-Airport metro line at the end of 2022. We complete the metro, which we took over from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, in a record time of 18 months, and open it to the service of our citizens 4 months later. Kadıköy-We are completing the extension of the Kartal-Tavşantepe metro line to Sabiha Gökçen Airport after 4 months and putting it into service. We are putting the Bakırköy Sahil-İncirli-Bahçelievler-Güngören-Bağcılar-Kirazlı metro line into service at the end of 2022. We are putting the Altunizade-Çamlıca-Ferah Mahallesi-Bosna Boulevard line into service in 2023. We are putting the Sirkeci-Kazlıçeşme rail system into service in 2023 with walking paths and bicycle paths. Our Ministry is taking many more steps towards solving the urban transportation problems of our cities.