Marmaray saved 130 million hours of time: Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Yıldırım said, “Marmaray carried 130 million passengers. Considering that 1 hour has been saved for each passenger, 130 million hours of time has been saved so far. said.
Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim, Istanbul's population of 8 times until today, Turkey carries passengers close to 2 times the number of the population would not end the country's contribution to the Marmaray.
Emphasizing that Marmaray provides significant time savings to passengers, Yıldırım explained that the project has many positive effects, from the reduction in harmful gases to the environment, to the reduction in traffic on the Bosphorus bridges.
"Time-saving piggy bank"
Yıldırım pointed out that with Marmaray, which reduced the travel time from one side to the other in the Bosphorus from 1 hour to 4 minutes, approximately 1 hour of time was saved for each trip, and said:
“Marmaray carried 130 million passengers. Considering that 1 hour has been saved for each passenger, 130 million hours have been saved so far. This savings is equivalent to 5,5 million days or 15 thousand years. If we assume that the average life expectancy in our country is 75 years, 15 thousand years corresponds to the lifespan of 200 people. As a result, Marmaray has saved 200 human lives up to now. People spent their time in traffic, perhaps with their families, maybe by working, away from stress and happily. This is one of the biggest gains of Marmaray. Marmaray is a time-saving moneybox project. "
"There is a decrease of 9 million vehicles in traffic on Bosphorus bridges"
Noting that the number of vehicles using the Bosphorus Bridges and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, which connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul with the launch of Marmaray, Yıldırım noted that more than 2014 million vehicles passed through the Bosphorus bridges in 150, It was the first time that traffic on the Bosphorus bridges decreased by 2015 million vehicles.
Reminding that Marmaray has flights between Kazlıçeşme and Ayrılıkçeşme, Yıldırım made the following assessment:
“Istanbul Suburban line will be put into service at the end of next year. When this line is put into service with Gebze Halkalı will transport passengers between. In addition, Konya and Ankara High Speed Trains will be able to cross Europe by using Marmaray. More importantly, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Iron Silk Road, which we will put into service until the end of the year, will reach Europe via Marmaray and even to London by crossing the English Channel. Marmaray is also the backbone of the Iron Silk Road transportation corridor that will extend from Beijing to London.