New wagons are coming to İZBAN and İzmir Metro: Rail systems are coming to İzmir İZBAN and İzmir Metro.
Rail systems in İzmir The number of passengers carried in İZBAN and İzmir Metro has increased from 1 million people to 130 million in the last year, while the two companies have rapidly increased the number of train sets in order to further improve the quality of their service. The signatures of 170 new set tender of Izmir Metro will be signed tomorrow (Friday) in Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
Starting 2013 with 3 train sets consisting of 43 wagons each, İZBAN put 21 Gulf Dolphins into operation during the period and increased the number of sets to 64 in the period when the number of passengers increased. Izmir Metro, which entered the year with 77 wagons, completed the test drives of its 10 new sets in this period and brought it to the operating stage. Thus, the number of vehicles owned by İZBAN and İzmir Metro reached 64 sets and 87 cars.
İZBAN will take the 19 Gulf Dolphins, which are still under construction and test drive, to this year. Bringing 85 new wagon purchases up to the contract stage, İzmir Metro will start bringing its sets to Izmir within 2 years following the signing of the contract and will start the test drives. Thus, in 2017, the number of train sets on İzmir rails increased to 83 (249 wagons in total) in İZBAN, and the number of wagons increased to 172 in İzmir Metro, while İZBAN will send back 10 sets rented from TCDD.
APPROXIMATE 665 MILLION TL INVESTMENT
The investment of İZBAN and İzmir Metro only on new train sets costs about 665 million TL. The cost of all fleets of the two systems is over 1 billion 400 million TL. İZBAN started to pay for the Gulf Dolphin sets, the tender of which was made two years ago. İzmir Metro signed a loan agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for 85 million TL of 100 new sets. The remaining cost of the new sets of Izmir Metro is planned to be covered by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), French Development Agency (AFD), ING Bank (under MIGA Guarantee) and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality budget.
The signatures for 85 new set tender of İzmir Metro will be signed in İzmir Metropolitan Municipality on Friday.