Intra-City Transportation Workshop was in İTÜ
Mar 26, 2015

“Intra-City Transportation Workshop” organized through the collaboration of İTÜ, Yalova University, Bahçeşehir University and E'PR Local Administration Agency was hosted by our university on 24-25 March.

The workshop held in Ayazağa Campus Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center was attended by Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Feridun Bilgin, our Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca, Yalova University Rector Prof. Niyazi Eruslu, Bahçeşehir University Rector Prof. Şenay Yalçın, Mayor of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Recep Altepe, Mayor of Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz, Mayor of Hatay Metropolitan Municipality Lütfü Savaş, local administrators, academicians and representatives of transportation sector.

1 of 3 vehicles is in İstanbul

Minister Feridun Bilgin spoke about the action plans to be followed in all metropolitan cities across the country towards intra-city transportation until 2023. Bilgin told that a societal culture about the use of public transport vehicles should be established in order to eliminate the intra-city transportation problem and said, “Population increase and growth trends show that the total transportation level will reach 3 times that of today in 2023.” Bilgin conveyed the following information:

“Transport, industrialization, accommodation, tourism, agriculture policies are required to be complementary to each other. Each increase in urban population returns as an increase in vehicular traffic. The number of vehicles entering traffic in our country only last year is 888,974, whereas 137,334 new vehicles entered traffic only in January this year. About one third of these vehicles are registered in İstanbul traffic.”

‘Renewable technologies are important in public transport’

Our Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca noted that transportation is an issue that never loses its topicality in metropolitan cities and especially occupies İstanbul’s agenda continually and mentioned transportation projects in which İTÜ participates. Karaca noted that increasing public transport alternatives and capacities is very important but heading for renewable technologies is as necessary as providing well-qualified and accessible public transport alternatives in intra-city transportation. Karaca said that:

“We, as İTÜ, are a university that strives to develop these technologies. We designed Turkey’s first electric minibus and are still developing it; it currently can cover at least 400 km distance with a single charging. We are working on shortening the charging time and elongating the distance. When it is finished, we aim to run shuttle services in our campus with electric minibuses. Our students are also designing our country’s first solar powered family car. It is called ARUNA. You will meet it this summer, we are also preparing to represent our country abroad with this car. We aim to set an example with renewable transportation solutions, too.”

Rail systems are the solution

The first session of the workshop was realized by the mayors of metropolitan municipalities. The mayors told in their presentations the work done towards intra-city transport in their own cities. In all the presentations regarding different cities there was a consensus on expanding the rail system network as the solution. During the workshop in which inter-city transportation was addressed thoroughly and solution proposals were discussed in detail, various problems were addressed by experts in sessions held with titles such as Planning in Inter-City Transportation, Traffic Management and Control, Transportation Infrastructures, Public Transport – Rail Systems, Logistics, Maritime and Organic Transportation.