AIIB signs US $60m loan to improve city connectivity in Izmir, Turkey

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality have signed a loan agreement of US $60m to extend and increase the capacity, connectivity and efficiency of a metro line in the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Izmir Metro extension

The Izmir Metro Expansion Phase 4: Fahrettin Altay–Narlıdere Kaymakamlık Line Project involves the construction of a new 7.2km extension with seven stations. It will connect the western districts with the city center to meet increasing demand for high-capacity public transport.

According to AIIB Vice President, Investment Operations, Konstantin Limitovskiy, the project enhances urban mobility and strengthens connectivity in Izmir, Turkey by improving passenger access, reducing costs and travel time. “With increased availability of sustainable transport options, the project is fully aligned with AIIB’s Sustainable Cities Strategy,” he said.

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Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey in terms of both population and GDP. Both population and economic growth have increased average mobility rates in the city, creating greater demand for municipal services, including integrated and high-capacity transport. The Izmir Metro extension is in line with the city’s Transport Master Plan 2030 to address mass transport needs and provide a cleaner and more efficient alternative to road traffic.

The loan is co-financed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The project has also received support from the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and Société Générale. The project includes underground and civil engineering works (stations, tunnels), electromechanical works (signaling, telecommunications, energy supply, elevators and escalators, environmental control systems) and auxiliary facilities. Total project costs are estimated at US $351m.