Foundation laid for $885 mln metro project in Turkey’s Kocaeli
KOCAELİ - Anadolu Agency
Hüseyin Aksoy, the governor of Kocaeli, said that the population of Kocaeli rises at around 50,000 people annually and added: “The metro project will address the increasing traffic load of such an important city.”
Kocaeli Mayor İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu said the municipality lays the foundation of “the biggest investment project in its history.”
He also said that about 1.3 million people commute to Kocaeli from Istanbul for working every morning.
Noting that the whole investment cost will be met by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Karaosmanoğlu added: “The metro will meet the transportation needs of the increasing population of Kocaeli.”
The new underground metro project will consist of two tunnels, each of 15.6 kilometers (10 miles), with a diameter of 6.5 meters, while the line will have 12 stations.
The metro project is expected to be put into service in 2022.