The fastest metro line in Europe has been launched in Istanbul, it connected the Turkish metropolis with the international airport in its European part, Report informs referring to the Turkish media.
Trains will follow the new line at a speed of 90-120 km/h.
The travel time from the Kagitane station, from where the 34-kilometer line was laid, to Istanbul Airport will take about 24 minutes.
Speaking at the launch ceremony of the new metro line, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that it is designed to carry 800,000 passengers per day.
"Thanks to the implementation of this project, Turkiye has shown the whole world its strength and capabilities in the issue of metro construction. Istanbul tops the list of cities in the world where rail transport systems are developing more than others. After the completion of all projects implemented in this direction, the total length of these systems will exceed 380 km," Erdogan said. He also said that within a month, trips on the new metro line would be free.
Minister of Transport Adil Karaismailoglu noted that the total length of the line with the connection of new stations to it will be 69 km.
“We are creating a huge metro system that will cover the entire European part of Istanbul by the end of the year. In the future, the new metro line will be integrated with a high-speed railway line. Istanbul Airport will become a high-speed train stop from Ankara. The project is at the stage of tendering, during the year it is planned to begin work on laying this line," the minister said.
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