Izmir (Türkiye)

Izmir is a city of 3.35 million inhabitants, located in western Turkey. It is the third most populated city of the country, extending along the outlying waters of the Gulf of Izmir and inland to the north across the Gediz River delta. This metropolis also pays attention for developing its transport system on a sustainable way.

The modal split in Izmir in 2005 showed 68 percent favour the bus; 10 percent the Light Rail Transit; 4 percent the sea bus and ferry; 0.3 percent the rail and 16 percent the car. A co-ordinated approach to transport was introduced to İzmir in 1999, a first for Turkey. A body known as UKOME (which roughly stands for Center for Coordination of Transportation) gives strategic direction to metro, bus and ferry services, as well as to road developments. All major districts are covered by the city’s dense bus network and twenty-four ferries shuttle across the gulf of Izmir between eight quays. Special lines operate during summer, servicing holiday makers. An 11.6 km long metro line was opened in 2000 and carries about 30 million passengers per year. An ambitious expansion is planned for another 80 km line between the Alağa district in the north, where an oil refinery and its port are located, and the Menderes district in the south, in order to reach and serve the airport. The line will comprise 31 stations and the full ride between the two ends will take 86 minutes. The metropolis already enjoys an integrated ticketing/card system.

Sustainable urban mobility measures

The City implemented fully adaptive intersection management, with given priority to the PT and emergency vehicles. By mobile App citizens get the information about public bus transport and can estimate the journey time.Guidance is provided to hospitals and pharmacies throughout the city as well as the information about their working time, which shortens the travel time in emergency. The parking management system shows the occupancy rate and helps in navigation. The Variable message boards shows the important announcements, traffic information, transportation times, ferry occupancy information, weather and road conditions. To increase pedestrian safety and travel quality, the historical Kemeralti region, with its narrow streets and lots of little shops, was turned into pedestrian zone in July 2018. Only cars with permission can enter the area.

City of Izmir was the runner-up for the “CIVITAS Legacy”Award 2018


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