Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that they are counting down the hours, not the days, for the opening of the Pendik-Sabiha Gökçen Airport Subway, which has the capacity to serve 1 million 200 thousand passengers per day and has a speed of 80 kilometers, and said, “The travel time between Pendik-Sabiha Gökçen Airport will decrease to 10 minutes. With our projects, we equip Istanbul with modern rail system networks.”
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu made inspections on the Pendik - Tavşantepe - Sabiha Gökçen Airport Metro Line, which will be opened on Sunday, October 2, with the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Making a statement after the examination, Karaismailoğlu said, “We have 2 days left to present to our people another very important investment that Turkey has made for the future, at a time when production and investments in the world have almost stopped due to reasons such as pandemics, wars and conflicts. We are experiencing the excitement, happiness and pride of bringing this magnificent project to Istanbul, to Istanbulites.”
366 KILOMETER RAIL SYSTEM WILL BE OFFERED IN ISTANBUL
Emphasizing that the spread of the rail system lines is the most important way to reduce the traffic congestion, especially in the big cities with the increasing population and the number of vehicles, Karaismailoğlu said that, with this awareness, as the Ministry, they have implemented important infrastructure projects to make the life of the citizens easier, to get to their jobs and families quickly, and to have a comfortable transportation. . Karaismailoğlu said, “12 kilometers of urban rail system lines are under operation in 811,4 provinces across our country,” and added, “We continue to equip Istanbul, one of the largest metropolises in the world, with modern rail system networks. As of the moment in Istanbul; Gayrettepe-Kağıthane-Eyüp-Istanbul Airport, Başakşehir-Pine Sakura-Kayaşehir, Halkalı- Başakşehir-Arnavutköy-Istanbul Airport, Altunizade-Ferah Mahallesi-Çamlıca Mosque-Bosna Boulevard Rail System Project, Kazlıçeşme-Sirkeci Rail System and Pedestrian Oriented New Generation Transportation Project, Bakırköy-Bahcelievler-Güngoren-Kirazlı Metro Line to be opened together on Sunday. and we are working 103,3/7 for Istanbul on 7 lines of exactly 24 kilometers, including the Pendik- Tavşantepe-Sabiha Gökçen Airport Metro Line, which we will proudly build. As you know, the length of Marmaray and Levent-Hisarüstü Metro, which is one of the most important projects of the century, is 80 kilometers," he said.
Considering that the currently operating rail system network of Istanbul is 263 kilometers; Pointing out that this figure will increase to 366,3 kilometers with the completion of the ongoing projects, Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the entire 366 kilometer rail system will be completed and put into service by the AK Party administrations.
HOURS LEFT TO OPENING
Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said, “We are now counting down the hours, not the days, for the opening of our metro line, which has the capacity to serve 1 million 200 thousand passengers per day and has a speed of 80 kilometers. We are in the last 48 hours. By providing a rail system connection to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, one of the most important airports in the world, we increase service, comfort and safety in transportation to this area. Our line, which will start from Pendik Tavşantepe and pass through Fevzi Çakmak, Şeyhli, Yayalar, Kurtköy stations and reach Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, is 7,4 kilometers long. Now, to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, KadıköyIn the continuation of the –Kartal– Kaynarca Metro Line, it will be possible to reach directly with the rail system in a safe, fast and economical way. Neighborhoods with intense travel movements in Pendik will also have a metro. Şeyhli, Yayalar, Fevzi Çakmak and Kurtköy neighborhoods meet with the comfort of the metro”.
ISTANBUL'S AIRPORTS MEET WITH METRO
With the start of operation of the line, from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport; 10 minutes to Pendik Tavşantepe, 12 minutes to Istanbul Anatolian Courthouse, KadıköyEmphasizing that it will be possible to reach the airport in 45 minutes, Karaismailoğlu continued his statement as follows:
“On October 2, Kadıköy– We are opening the Pendik – Sabiha Gökçen Airport Metro Line, which is the continuation of the Pendik Metro Line, with the honor of our President. Next; We will put the Kağıthane - Istanbul Airport part of our Gayrettepe - Istanbul Airport metro line into the service of our nation. We will bring the airports of Istanbul together with the metro. Later, we will inaugurate our Başakşehir - Kayaşehir Metro Line, which also passes through Başakşehir-Pine and Sakura City Hospital. Then we will open other metro lines one by one.”