Southern Line (İZBAN)

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Southern Line
IZBAN at Torbali.jpg
A southbound train approaching Torbalı station in 2016.
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System İZBAN
Status Operating
Locale İzmir, Turkey
Termini Alsancak
Tepeköy
Stations 18
Daily ridership 40,500 (2010)
Operation
Opened August 30, 2010
Owner TCDD
Operator(s) İZBAN
Rolling stock E22000 EMUs
Technical
Line length 50 km (31.1 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC
Operating speed 140 km/h (87 mph)
Route map
Distance Station
0 km Alsancak
Northern Line
3 km (1.9 mi) Hilal
4 km (2.5 mi) Kemer
Şirinyer Tunnel
8 km (5.0 mi) Şirinyer
9 km (5.6 mi) Koşu
10 km (6.2 mi) İnkilap
11 km (6.8 mi) Semt Garajı
14 km (8.7 mi) Esbaş
16 km (9.9 mi) Gaziemir
17 km (10.6 mi) Sarnıç
19 km (11.8 mi) Adnan Menderes
23 km (14.3 mi) Cumaovası
28 km (17.4 mi) Develiköy
31 km (19.3 mi) Tekeköy
36 km (22.4 mi) Pancar
43 km (27 mi) Kuşçuburun
48 km (30 mi) Torbalı
50 km (31 mi) Tepeköy
59 km (37 mi) Sağlık (2017)
77 km (48 mi) Selçuk (2017)

The Southern Line (Turkish: Güney hattı) is an electrified commuter rail line running south from Alsancak Terminal in Izmir to Torbalı operated by İZBAN, using trackage owned by the Turkish State Railways. The route services the densely populated areas of western Buca and central Gaziemir as well as Adnan Menderes International Airport via the rebuilt airport station. Between 2010 and 2016 the southern terminus of the line was Cumaovası near Menderes. As of 6 February 2016, the line has been extended about 30 km (19 mi) south to Tepeköy in Torbalı.

All stations are wheelchair accessible with elevators.[1]

The Southern Line has carried approximately 1 million passengers in the first six months from opening and carries an average 40,500 passengers daily, making it the busiest commuter rail line in Turkey, surpassing the Haydarpaşa-Gebze Commuter Line in İstanbul that held the record for over 30 years.[2]

Route[edit]

The Southern Line starts at Alsancak Terminal in Alsancak. From there it continues south (crossing the tracks to Basmane at the famous Hilal Cross) towards Kemer and then traverses the southern hills of Kadifekale. At Şirinyer, the tracks enter the Şirinyer Tunnel, where it stops at Şirinyer station. After exiting the tunnel, the line goes through Buca, under the Karabağlar Intersection and into Gaziemir. After Gaziemir, the line stops at Adnan Menderes Airport and then leaves the city limits to its final destination; Cumaovası.

Stations[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ İZBAN istasyonlar - izban.com.tr (in Turkish).
  2. ^ İZBAN yolcu sayısı artıyor - milliyet.com.tr (in Turkish).