Hyundai Rotem’s railroad cars have been put into operation on the Marmaray commuter rail line in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the railway opening ceremony on March 12 for trial riding.
The Marmaray line, which has a length of 77 km, includes the Bosphorus Undersea Tunnel interconnecting Asia and Europe. The tunnel was opened in part in 2013 and the entire section from Halkali Station to Gebze Station has been opened this time after some delay for artifact excavation.
Only Hyundai Rotem’s railroad cars are operated on the Marmaray line. The company signed a 670 billion won contract in 2008 to supply 440 cars for the line. In 2013, Hyundai Rotem delivered 95 cars for operation in the Bosphorus Strait region. This time, 240 have been delivered, with the remainder to be delivered later this year.
Hyundai Rotem has exported a total of 1,900 railroad cars to Turkey so far. Those include 36 light-rail cars for Adana in 1996, an electric automotive for the Turkish railway authority in 2010, 190 tram cars for Izmir in 2014, and 300 railroad cars for Istanbul in 2016.