US Secretary of Transportation eulogizes Turkey's Marmaray Project

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood eulogized Marmaray Project after he was briefed about it in Istanbul on Tuesday.

US Secretary of Transportation eulogizes Turkey's Marmaray Project


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood eulogized Marmaray Project after he was briefed about it in Istanbul on Tuesday.

LaHood, who is currently in Turkey to hold a series of talks, and his delegation visited building site of Marmaray Project.

Speaking to AA correspondent, LaHood said that he was currently in Turkey to see what the country has done to improve its transportation sector.

Marmaray Project would be a good model of connecting Turkey to Europe and the world, he said.

LaHood said that the project would also contribute to development of economic ties between Turkey and other parts of the world.

U.S. Secretary LaHood will meet with transportation companies in Istanbul on Wednesday and proceed to Ankara to meet with Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim.

Marmaray Project provides an upgrading of the commuter rail system in Istanbul, connecting Halkali on the European side with Gebze on the Asian side with an uninterrupted, modern, high-capacity commuter rail system.

Railway tracks in both sides of Istanbul Strait will be connected to each other through a railway tunnel connection under the Istanbul Strait. The line goes underground at Yedikule, continues through the Yenikapi and Sirkeci new underground stations, passes under the Istanbul Strait, connects to the Uskudar new underground station and emerges at Sogutlucesme.

This Project is one of the major transportation infrastructure projects in the world at present. The entire upgraded and new railway system will be approximately 76 km long. The main structures and systems; include the immersed tube tunnel, bored tunnels, cut-and-cover tunnels, at - grade structures, three new underground stations, 37 surface stations (renovation and upgrading), operations control centre, yards, workshops, maintenance facilities, upgrading of existing tracks including a new third track on ground, completely new electrical and mechanical systems and procurement of modern railway vehicles.


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