Turkey earns over $133 million in highway, bridge tolls
ANKARA - Anadolu AgencyThe Turkish state earned 356 million Turkish Liras ($133 million) from the tolls it collects on two bridges over the Bosporus and its national highways during the first five months of 2015, official figures revealed June 24.
According to data released by the Turkish General Directorate of Highways, the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge that connect Europe and Asia yielded 92 million liras ($35 million), while toll highways in Turkey brought in 263 million liras ($98.2 million).
Also, over 103 million vehicles paid the toll in January.
Turkey earned $350 million from the two bridges over the Bosporus and toll roads in 2014 after more than 399 million vehicles used them.
Heavy traffic is one of the biggest problems for the country’s most populous city, Istanbul.