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 METRO

Izmir Metro LogoIzmir is Turkey's third largest city (4 million inh.) and lies in the west of the country. It is an important harbour on the Gulf of Izmir, an arm of the Aegean Sea (Mediterranean Sea).

Izmir's first metro line is 20 km long and has 17 stations (2014).

It opened for trial service on 22 May 2000, regular passenger service started on 25 August 2000. The line runs underground along the western portion and through the city centre for 9.9 km (Üçyol - Fahrettin Altay), elevated for 2.3 km (Hilal - Halkapinar) and at grade or in a cutting for 4.8 km (Stadyum - Bornova), before returning underground for the 2.3 km section opened in 2012. In 2014, the metro line reached the Üçkuyular neighbourhood in two stages.

Platforms are 125 m long, although initially only 3-car-trains (750 V DC) are used. At Halkapinar and Hilal transfer is possible to the suburban railway Izban.

The metro was originally built as a turnkey project by a consortium led by Adtranz and is operated by Izmir Metro A.S.

 

 History

25 Aug 2000: Üçyol - Bornova (11.9 km)

30 Mar 2012: Bornova - Evka 3 (2.3 km)

29 Dec 2012: Üçyol - Hatay (1.7 km)

25 Mar 2014: Hatay - Göztepe (1.0 km)

27 July 2014: Göztepe - Fahrettin Altay (3.2 km)

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 Projects

- planned extensions:

Üçyol - Dokuz Eylül University (9.5 km)
Halkapinar - Otogar (4.5 km)
Fahrettin Altay - Narlidere Istihkam (8.5 km)
Evka 3 - Bornova Merkez (1 km)

 

 Photos

Izmir Metro © Serkan Avci Stadyum station © Serkan Avci Izmir Metro © Serkan Avci
 TRAM

Two tram lines are under construction:

- Tram Halkapinar - Fahrettin Altay ( 13 km, 21 stops)
- Tram Karsiyaka (10 km, 10 stops)

 IZBAN

izban- Existing suburban lines (Banliyö) have been upgraded to provide an efficient suburban service operated with new CAF rolling stock:

1) Northern Line: Alsancak - Aliaga, 57 km, 3.3 km underground at Karsiyaka
opened 5 Dec 2010 from Alsancak to Cigli and to Aliaga on 31 Jan 2011

2) Southern Line: Alsancak - Cumaovasi, 22 km, 1.7 km underground at Buca-Sirinyer, opened Aug. 2010, serving Menderes Airport

 

 Links

Izmir Metro (Official Site)

ESHOT - Izmir Transport Operator

IZBAN (Egeray) - Suburban Rail

City Hall Server

Izmir Metro at Wikipedia.de

Ray Haber (Turkish Rail News)

 

 

Izmir Metro depot at  Halkapinar © Serkan Avci

Photos and info thanks to Serkan Avci!

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