Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu pointed out that Marmaray carried the transportation of Istanbul in heavy snowfall, and announced that 4 million 1 thousand people were transported in Marmaray in 250 days, and that 628 thousand Istanbulites preferred Marmaray when it was free.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu made a written statement with Marmaray, which is operated by the General Directorate of TCDD Transportation. Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “Due to the snowfall, which started on Sunday, January 23, 2022 and gradually increased in intensity, Istanbul residents, who could not use private cars and road public transportation vehicles, turned to rail systems. Gebze-Halkalı Istanbulites flocked to Marmaray, which is the fastest and most economical transportation alternative between Asia and Europe. As TCDD Tasimacilik, we offered 23.00-hour transportation service to Istanbul by arranging additional flights at half-hour intervals between 06.00 and 24 in addition to the normal voyage hours to meet this passenger demand.
İSTANBULLER MEETED THEIR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS BY MARMARAY, WHERE THE ROADS ARE ALWAYS OPEN
Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that the most intense demand for Marmaray, which is integrated with other transportation systems and included in the Istanbulkart transfer system, is at Yenikapı, Sirkeci, Ayrılık Çeşmesi, Üsküdar, Bakırköy and Söğütlüçeşme Pendik stations, and said, "We transported a total of 1 million 26 passengers between January 2022 and January 10, 221. While the number of daily passengers on Marmaray reached approximately 400 thousand, 23 million 26 thousand people were transported in the 4 days between 1-250 January, when the snowfall was heavy. 628 thousand of this was realized with the transportations between the hours offered free of charge to the citizens. Istanbulites met their transportation needs with Marmaray, where the roads are always open.
642 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE MOVED SINCE IT OPENED
On the other hand, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu underlined that 29 million people have been transported in Marmaray, which has been serving since October 2013, 642. Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “While 2021 million 115 thousand people were transported in Marmaray in 350, the average number of passengers per day was 315 thousand. In the first month of 2022, this number reached 400 thousand.