World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey earned $332 million from the toll it collected on its two bridges over the Bosporus in the first 11 months of 2014, official figures revealed Tuesday.
According to data released by the Turkish General Directorate of Highways, the Bosporus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge that connect Europe with Asia together yielded $88 million, while the toll highways in Turkey produced $244 million.
Also, 366 million vehicles paid the toll in 2014, out of which around 137 million vehicles crossed the bridges.
Turkey earned $505 million from the two bridges over the Bosporus and toll roads in 2013 after more than 383 million vehicles used them.
In 2012, 359.8 million vehicles used the bridges and toll roads in Turkey, paying a total of $542.2 million.
Traffic jam is one of the biggest problems for the country's most populated city, Istanbul. More than three million vehicles are registered in the province and some 1.5 million people cross from the European to the Asian side of Istanbul every day through the bridges and the Marmaray metro, which is the world's deepest underwater railway tunnel under the Bosphorus.
According to Turkey’s Transport Ministry, a roadway tunnel for vehicles connecting Istanbul’s European and Asian sides will be ready by end of 2016.
Some 100,000 cars are expected to pass through the tunnel on a daily basis. It is also expected that the tunnel will decrease the number of cars crossing over the bridges on the Bosphorus by around 10 percent.
Also, Istanbul's third bridge over the Bosphorus is under construction and is expected to complete in 2015.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Aralık 2014, 13:48