Istanbul 2020 presents transport strategy to IOC Evaluation Commission
CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in ISTANBUL/ Sports Features Communications
March 26 – Istanbul 2020 revealed its “five I’s” transport strategy today during the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission’s visit of the Turkish city’s bid plan. The transport strategy promises intelligent transport and traffic management schemes, integrated approaches for systems and plans, interoperable systems to ensure a seamless transport experience, inclusive transport solutions to all Games clients and immunity to incidents and unforeseen events.
“The Games Transport Directorate has been established to take responsibility for the operational planning and delivery of Games transport services,” Minister of Transport of Turkey Binali Yildirim said. “This transport model leverages Istanbul’s existing and planned transport infrastructure. Our transport projects will leave a tremendous legacy for Istanbul and will be executed, irrespective of whether we are awarded the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Since Istanbul’s last Olympic Games bid, the Sabiha Gokcen airport transport plan has expanded and two metro line and the metrobus system have been constructed. Three billion dollars has been invested into transport infrastructure by the 2009-2023 Integrated Urban Transport Master Plan, with a $6.8 billion investment throughout the next ten years for the construction of the Marmary rail tunnel line and the Eurasia Bosphorus road tunnel.
During the meetings a select group of the media were even allowed to take a walk through the tunnel to see the works in progress. This new metro will offer a serious enhancement to the accessibility of the Istanbul plan.
Istanbul 2020’s transport plans will allow for stations to be less than one kilometre from the Olympic venues with 91 percent of athletes’ trips taking less than 30 minutes and an average travel time of 16 minutes. Istanbul 2020’s Games transport strategy will see 12 programmes implemented this year.
“Our aim is to provide an exceptional transport experience for all Games client groups whilst minimising disruption to the city’s everyday rhythm,” Deputy Secretary General IMM and Head of Games Transport Directorate Muzaffer Hacimustafaoglu said. “We have therefore developed our Games transport plan to ensure that the two sides of Istanbul continue to run smoothly. Significant investments in Intelligent Traffic Management will enhance road capacity and Istanbul’s roads will be extended by 12 percent by 2020. We are also investing in shifting from private cars to public transport. Trips via rail, which currently represent 19 percent of all public transport, will increase to more than 50 percent.”
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