Following the approval of the Üçkuyular Halkapınar line by DLH, one of the three tram lines sent by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to the General Directorate of Railways, Ports and Airports Constructions in September 2010, Konak tram received approval from the Protection Board. Since the 13-kilometer tram line, which starts from Üçkuyular and ends in Halkapınar, passes by the registered buildings or through the protected areas, it has been submitted for the approval of the Izmir No.1 Regional Directorate of Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation. In its first meeting, the Board requested some changes to be made in the route of the tram line from Üçkuyular to Konak Square from the land side of Mustafa Kemal Beach Boulevard. The Board suggested that the tram line that passes in front of Sabancı Cultural Center and reaches Konak Square from there enter Mithatpaşa Street through the intersection in front of the Sabancı Cultural Center, and goes back to the beach after passing the bus stops in front of AKM.
Municipal officials stated that this alternative has been worked on before, but the starting point of the Konak Tunnels, which the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications laid the foundations for in recent months, will be the naval park, and the traffic will be locked here. The board then stepped back and abandoned the route change proposal. After the approval of the Board, the project was sent to DPT. It was learned that as soon as the approval of the State Planning Organization is received, long-term loan negotiations with foreign financial institutions will start.
Fahrettin Altay-Alsancak-Halkapınar Line will be integrated with the Aliağa-Menderes Rail System and the metro project between Üçkuyular-Bornova. Buca Line, Aliağa-Menderes suburban line will start from Şirinyer Station. The total length of the line will be 10 kilometers. Other tram lines to be created according to the transport master plan will be commissioned over time. Other routes will be in Narlıdere-Urla, Bornova, Ozan Albay Avenue-Haydar Aliyev Street Intersection-Bornova Square. A ring line will be operated in Buca.
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