Boosting public transport in Istanbul

Boosting public transport in Istanbul :Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. With a population of 13.8 million, Istanbul forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe and has a unique feature as the city spans two continents – Europe and Asia. With ever-increasing population numbers, Istanbul is faced with public transport challenges to meet demand. UITP’s Head of Training Kaan Yıldızgöz provides details of how Istanbul is fighting the problems of capacity.

Urban transportation is one of the current key problems of Istanbul and the challenge continues to grow with the rise of population numbers and an increase in income levels which is bringing a higher rate of private car ownership to the city. Between 2000 and 2012, Istanbul’s population increased by 38.3%, and the population of Istanbul is projected to reach 16.6 million by 20161.

Istanbul has one of the largest urban transport networks in the world. In recent years it has experienced a rapid growth of car ownership; there are 3.3 million registered motorised vehicles in Istanbul. Every day, 400 new vehicles add to the city’s traffic congestion. Like many metropolitan areas throughout the world, the city has been working very hard to upgrade its transport infrastructure and boost public transport services to meet the demand and reduce congestion and pollution.

Urban transportation is the hot topic on the agenda of decisionmakers and several projects have been introduced to help increase the supply-level of public transport services.

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