Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu effects seen in the whole world under-19 outbreak of the area and Turkey Kovid zamDrawing attention to the fact that it is kept under control with the measures taken immediately, he said that 83 million citizens continue to work at full speed for the successful conclusion of the national struggle.
Karaismailoğlu said, “Within the framework of the normalization plan announced by our President, restrictions will be lifted in many areas as of June 01 and the normal working order will be started in the public.” Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that, with all these developments, passenger demand will increase in urban public transportation. “While the flights of high-speed, conventional trains have been stopped since March 28, the flights of Marmaray in Istanbul and Başkentray in Ankara have been reduced due to decreasing passenger demand. After the high-speed trains that started their flights on May 28th, a normalization program will be implemented in Marmaray, ”he said.
Extra 203 Thousand Person Capacity in Marmaray
Stating that they will start to implement the normalization plan with the measures taken in Marmaray as in high-speed trains, Karaismailoğlu underlined that their first priority is to meet the increasing passenger demand in the healthiest way with the measures taken against the epidemic risk. Stating that they will ensure Marmaray to provide the healthiest service along with other measures, especially the protection of social distance, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “In this context, in addition to the trains operated on the Gebze-Halkalı line in order to ensure the social distance between passengers, It will be served with 637 wagons with a capacity of 5 thousand 3 passengers. The number of trains operated daily will be increased by one hundred percent to 56. In other words, the internal loop voyages, which were previously made with 10 wagon sets, will be carried out with 142 wagon sets as of June 285, and 5 thousand extra capacity will be available to our people per day, apart from the previous application ”.
Marmaray will serve between 06.00-22.00 hours
Karaismailoğlu, who informed that the places where passengers will sit and stand standing on all Marmaray trains are arranged with social distance warning and direction labels and the trains are disinfected after each flight, “Marmaray flights are planned as internal and external cycles considering the passenger density. From Monday, June 1, 2020, a total of 06.00 trips will be made on the 22.00-kilometer Halkalı-Gebze line between 76-285, and trains will be operated at 8-minute intervals between Zeytinburnu-Maltepe-Zeytinburnu and 15 minutes between other stations. Pointing out that with this arrangement, not only the frequency of the voyage but also the passenger capacity was increased, Karaismailoğlu said, “In Marmaray, the number of trips was reduced due to the epidemic, internal cycle flights were stopped. An average of 15 thousand passengers were served by trains operated at 65-minute intervals on the Gebze-Halkalı line. Considering that the average of daily passengers in 2019 increased to 340 thousand and 2020 thousand before the epidemic in 415, these numbers will be reached again and even exceeded with the normalization program. Because Marmaray, which is integrated with the other transportation network, transfers to 5 metro and 1 metrobus line, so Marmaray has a continuous flow of passengers from the environment like the main riverbed ”.
15 Train Flights will be Held in Başkentray with 113 Minutes Intervals
Karaismailoğlu stated that in Başkentray, which served 39 thousand passengers a day before the epidemic, 30 trains departing at 56-minute intervals were increased to 113 within the scope of the normalization program, while the flight interval was reduced to 15 minutes. He stated that the number of daily seats, excluding the passengers traveling on foot, was increased by 9 units and was put into use as 690 thousand 19 seats in total. Minister Karaismailoğlu said that as with other trains, all Başkentray trains and stations were arranged with social distance warning and guidance labels according to the outbreak, and the trains were disinfected at the end of the voyage.
Healthcare Professionals will benefit for three more months
Reminding that the intercity travel restriction has been lifted after June 01 and the age groups included in the curfew restriction have changed, Karaismailoğlu stated that, according to this new regulation, the HES Code is mandatory for all citizens on the high-speed trains, and the travel permit certificate for citizens under the age of 18 and over 65 is also required. He underlined that they can not travel without.
Minister Karaismailoğlu, by giving a good news to the healthcare workers, said, “Our healthcare professionals with whom we are grateful will continue to benefit from Marmaray and Başkentray for free for another three months as of June 1st.”
Karaismailoğlu concluded his words as follows: “As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we continue to deliver our citizens to their loved ones and shorten the distances under the leadership of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. significant investments in our transportation mode that will carry Turkey forward all adversely affected by the epidemic will continue to implement the process. Vision and accomplish the most difficult with the acumen that has made its name all over the world and Turkey to produce and will continue to progress with strong steps. As the family of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we will serve with the excitement of the first day, without stopping, getting tired. ”