Comparison of railway infrastructures with and without ballast referring to the istanbul metro system

Zübeyde Öztürk*, Turgut Öztürk

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Istanbul is the biggest city of Turkey and moreover either of the Europe and the Middle East. With its growing population of more than 10 millions, the city has a very important location connecting the two continents Europe and Asia. Highway transportation is the dominant transportation in the city having the share of %94. The railway usage for the inner city facilities is far less when compared to highway. The railway system of the city only carries the %3.6 of the whole demand. As they carry almost the whole city, highways are overloaded and congested especially during peak hours and weekends causing the average speed decrease so much. These undesirable results let the government focus more on railway construction. A new metro line of 8 km has jut started to operate between Taksim and 4. Levent. And studies are being carried out to add new lines to the system from Ayazaga andikitelli to YenikapiṪhis new line is being planned to be constructed partly with ballast and partly without ballast. In this study, these two different types of railway infrastructures are analysed and compared from technical economical points of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-90
Number of pages6
JournalARI Bulletin of the Istanbul Technical University
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Balasted superstructure
  • Metroline
  • Without balast superstructure


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