The opening ceremony of the new additional line in the length of 30 km extending İZBAN, İzmir Commuter Train System, which is realized by the partnership of TCDD and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and the biggest urban transportation project within the History of the Republic, up to Torbalı (Tepeköy) was inaugurated on 14th February 2016.
Yıldırım: “The Longest Rail System Project of the World”
In the opening ceremony, Mr. Binali Yıldırım, Minister of the Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, focused that İZBAN is a pilot project realized by the cooperation of central government, local government and public enterprise.
Mr. Yıldırım explained that it provided service for 330 million passengers in İZBAN since it was put into operation and he also added that: “İZBAN will provide service between Aliağa-Torbalı instead of Aliağa-Cumaovası. Then, it will be extended to Selçuk and Bergama from Torbalı. We will put Selçuk into operation next year. If nothing goes wrong, we will connect Bergama within this year. Thus, İZBAN in the length of 187 km, is becoming the longest rail system transportation of the world. In a research conducted in 2013, More than 2400 systems, which realize public transportation in the world, have been examined and İzmir İZBAN Project ranked first as “the best and the most successful cooperation for public transportation project”.
Mr. Yıldırım announced that he gave instructions for increasing the headways of İZBAN system and solving the problems regarding to signalling system, thus, the project faults will be solved in 2 months.
There is a compromise and tolerance culture on the basis of İZBAN
Mr. Aziz Kocaoğlu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, focused on the compromise culture in İzmir during his speech. The Mayor reminded that there is a cooperation, compromise and tolerance on the basis of İZBAN and he added that “If coming together is a beginning, maintaining the unity is an improvement and working together is a real success, we realized it in İzmir, the city of tolerance. We are proud and honoured.”
“TCDD is spending an important source in order to become commuter train systems to metro standard.”
Mr. Ömer Yıldız, Director General of TCDD, thanked to those who contributed by stating that they are pleased to put Torbalı line into service and focused that the cooperation between two enterprises serves as a model. As TCDD, Mr. Yıldız focused that the projects of Marmaray in Istanbul, İZBAN in İzmir, BAŞKENTRAY in Ankara, GAZİRAY in Gaziantep found solutions to the traffic problem of the cities and he added: “TCDD is spending an important source in order to become commuter train systems to metro standard. 142 million TL is invested for infrastructure and superstructure, electrification, signalling and telecommunication projects on Cumaovası-Torbalı line.
Project is realized by the cooperation of TCDD and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality
In accordance with the Protocol signed between Metropolitan Municipality and TCDD, the existing single track from Cumaovası to Torbalı is doubled by TCDD. The construction of surrounding walls of the line, the compatible extension of electrification and signalization for Aliağa-Cumaovası line up to Torbalı Tepeköy are realized by TCDD. The construction of the stations and under-over passes of road in Torbalı line was realized by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality like in the other sections of the line.
The length of the line is increased to 110 Km and the number of the station reached to 38
After Cumaovası- Torbalı line section is put into service, the length of line for İZBAN, being operated in metro standard with 32 stations between Aliağa-Cumaovası, is increased to 110 km and the number of the station reached to 38 by adding Develi, Tekeli, Pancar, Kuşçuburun, Torbalı and Tepeköy stations.
İZBAN will provide service to 300 thousand passengers per day between Aliağa – Torbalı Line
İZBAN, which transports approximately 250-260 thousand passengers per day by 219 commuter trains operated in every 10 minutes in the center and peak hours, will provide service approximately 300 thousand passengers per day by extending the line to Torbalı.
İZBAN will reach to Selçuk and Bergama. The goal is 550 Thousand Passengers
The length of İZBAN will reach to 137 km with Selçuk line and 187 km with Bergama and it will provide service approximately 550 thousand people per day.
After the ceremony, Mr. Ömer Yıldız, Director General of TCDD, had a technical visit with the high officials of TCDD to the 3rd Regional Directorate and İZBAN signalling and control centers. Mr. Yıldız is informed about the railway traffic control center of İzban and 3rd Regional Directorate and he examined the system development studies on-site.