Marmaray Tunnel will increase travel efficiency between Europe and Asia under Bosphorus
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The Marmaray Tunnel under the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey – the world’s first submerged railway connection between Europe and Asia – will be inaugurated on 29 October, the 90th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.
Until its completion in 2015, a shuttle service will run between Kazilicesme, Yenikapi and Sirkeci on the European side and Uskudar on the Asian side. The Marmaray Tunnel will take travelers from one side to the other across 76.3 kilometres in just six minutes.
Should the International Olympic Committee award Istanbul with the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, a seven-kilometre extension between Kalkali and Olympic Park will be constructed.
The high-capacity commuter rail system will feature trains capable of traveling up to 100km/h with an average speed of 45 km/h between stations.
The Marmaray Tunnel will upgrade 63 kilometres of existing track with the addition of 13.6 kilometres of new railway, including three new underground stations and 38 surface stations to be renovated.
After its completion, the line is projected to carry 52,600 passengers per hour in each direction with 1.5 million trips per day. The journey time from Halkali and Gebze will be decreased from 185 minutes – using existing commuter rail and ferries – to 104 minutes.
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