A subway train on the M2 line of the Ankara Metro
|Native name||Ankara Metrosu|
|Transit type||Light rail
|Number of lines||4
(1 more under construction)
|Number of stations||45
(10 under construction)
|Daily ridership||244,930 (average, 2013)|
|Annual ridership||Ankaray : 35.1 million (2013)
Metro : 54.3 million (2013)
Total: 89.4 million (2013)
|Began operation||1996 / 1997|
|Operator(s)||Electricity, Gas, Bus General Directorate (EGO)|
|Number of vehicles||432 (108 Bombardier, 324 CSR)
|System length||55.1 km (34.2 mi)
(10.6 km under construction)
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC Third rail|
The Ankara Metro (Turkish: Ankara Metrosu) is the rapid transit system serving Ankara, the capital of Turkey. At present, Ankara's rapid transit system consists of four metro lines – the light rail Ankaray line, the Batıkent Metrosu (M1) line, and two lines newly opened in 2014, the Koru Metrosu (M2) and Törekent Metrosu (M3) lines. The Ankaray and M1 lines together transported 89.4 million passengers in 2013, which corresponds to a ridership of approximately 244,930 per day.
One additional metro line between Kızılay and Keçiören (M4) is currently under construction and projected to be open in December 2015. Also, an additional line (approx. 30 km long) between Kızılay and Ankara Esenboğa Airport is in the planning stages and would make up the next phase of expansion of the metro.
- 1 History
- 2 Future Service
- 3 Operations
- 4 Rolling stock
- 5 Ankara Metro in popular culture
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Ankaray (from Turkish: Ankara ray, meaning Ankara rail), a light rail system (Turkish: Hafif Raylı, which literally translates as "Light Rail", though the line does operate as more of a "light metro" line), was the first phase of the modern rapid transit network of the city. The Ankaray was constructed by a consortium headed by Siemens over a period of four years (1992-1996). It opened on 20 August 1996. The line runs between AŞTİ (Turkish: Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi – Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal) and Dikimevi, covering a distance of 8.53 kilometres (5.30 mi), of which 6.68 kilometres (4.15 mi) is through underground tunnels. The line has 11 stations.
The Ankaray line is planned to be extended to a length of 22 kilometres (14 mi) with a carrying capacity of 25,000 passengers per hour per direction, by 2014.
The M2 line, operating from Kızılay, the city center, to Koru, opened 12 February 2014. The M3 line, which serves almost as an extension of the M1 line, operating from Batıkent to Törekent, opened a month later on 13 March 2014.
Construction of the following metro line is currently underway:
The prime minister announced the opening of the Kızılay-Keçiören (M4) line in 2015.
The expanded Ankara Metro is expected to reach a carrying capacity of 58,000 passengers per hour per direction in the near future.
The following table lists the four metro lines (including the Ankaray line) currently in service on the Ankara Metro:
|Ankaray||Dikimevi ↔ AŞTİ (Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi - Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal)||1996||8.53 km (5.30 mi)||11|
|M1||Kızılay ↔ Batıkent||1997||14.66 km (9.11 mi)||12|
|M2||Kızılay ↔ Koru||2014||16.59 km (10.31 mi)||11|
|M3||Batıkent ↔ Törekent||2014||15.36 km (9.54 mi)||11|
|TOTAL:||55.14 km (34.26 mi)||45|
- Kurtuluş (transfer to: Sincan-Kayaş Line (suburban rail))
- Kızılay (transfer to: M1, M2)
- Söğütözü (under construction - to open late 2015) (transfer to: M2)
Batıkent Metrosu (M1)
- Kızılay (transfer to: M2, Ankaray)
- Sıhhiye (transfer to: Sincan-Kayaş Line (suburban rail))
- Atatürk Kültür Merkezi
- Yenimahalle (transfer to: Yenimahalle–Şentepe cable car line)
- Batıkent (transfer to: M3)
Koru Metrosu (M2)
- Kızılay (transfer to: M1, Ankaray)
- Milli Kütüphane
- Söğütözü (transfer to: Ankaray)
- Maden Teknik ve Arama
- Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi
- Tarım Bakanlığı/Danıştay
Törekent Metrosu (M3)
- Batıkent (transfer to: M1)
- Bati Merkez
- Istanbul Yolu
- Eryaman 1-2
- Eryaman 5
- Devlet Mah.
- Harikalar Diyari
Ankaray vehicles on the Ankaray line are Siemens-Adtranz-Ansaldobreda, S.P.A. (AnsaldoBreda) M1, M2, and M3 trains, which have a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) (operational speed: 38 km/h (24 mph)), and are equipped with regenerative braking.
The system is served by 11 three-car trainsets. Each traincar is 29-metre (95 ft) long, with 60 seats, and can transport a maximum of 308 passengers; thus each three-car trainset is approximately 90-metre (300 ft) long and can transport 925 passengers per train. The current passenger volume capacity on the Ankaray line is 27,000 passengers per hour per direction (PPHPD).
The vehicles used on the M1 line of the Ankara Metro are Bombardier Transportation-built modified versions of Toronto, Canada's H6 subway model, which were originally built by the Urban Transportation Development Corporation (UTDC), a company later purchased by Bombardier. The system has a total of 108 vehicles, which are usually configured as 18 six-car trainsets. The cars have no forward- or rear-facing seats, and no seats at the front or rear. The car's seats are made of rigid plastic.
Ankara Metro in popular culture
- Behzat Ç. - Seni kalbime gömdüm (2011)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ankara Metro.|
- "GENERAL DIRECTORATE of EGO - THE SUBWAY SYSTEMS - OPERATED RAIL SYSTEM LINES". General Directorate of EGO. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- "RAYLI SİSTEM İŞLETMELERİ 2013 YILI YOLCU SAYILARI" [PASSENGER RAIL SYSTEM NUMBERS YEAR 2013] (PDF) (in Turkish). EGO Genel Müdürlüğüne [General Directorate of EGO]. April 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- "Ankaray" (in Turkish). Ankaray LRT. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- "TEKNİK ÖZELLİKLER" [TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS] (in Turkish). Ankaray LRT. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- PM Erdoğan attends test drive of overdue Ankara metro line www.hurriyetdailynews.com
- "Behzat Ç. - Seni kalbime gömdüm (2011)". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
Ankara metro construction resumes soon in:  February 2012
- Ankara Metro - official website (Turkish)
- Ankaray - official website] (Turkish)
- Network map
- Ankara Metro at UrbanRail.net