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Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, shared with the public the summary of the ‘Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan’, which was made for the first time in a mega city with a population of more than 16 million. Expressing that they are planning methods such as limiting vehicle entry to the historical peninsula and charging more fees from those entering, İmamoğlu drew attention to the HIZRAY project as part of the plan. Emphasizing that they will connect HIZRAY, which will cross Istanbul from east to west, and the metro lines on the north-south axis of the city, İmamoğlu said, “This express line, which will travel at an average speed of 100 kilometers per hour, will not only connect Istanbul from one end to the other.” the other will connect all three airports of Istanbul. This project, which perfectly connects all the rail system lines of this ancient city and beautifies the traffic, is comfortable and definitely a star project for the quality of life of Istanbul residents. Our project and its feasibility are ready. We will prepare the tender preparation documents for this project, which will cost approximately 6 billion dollars, by the end of the year.” said.

 

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has implemented Turkey’s first “Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” (SUMP). Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, shared with the public a summary of the “Istanbul Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan”, which they started 2 years ago. Istanbul SUMP, preparation and analysis; strategy development; planning of measures; Emphasizing that it is a study that includes implementation and monitoring processes, İmamoğlu said, “The plan was prepared with human-oriented approaches and with the aim of ‘integrating development of sustainable transportation modes’, starting from the principle of social inclusion.” Pointing out that Istanbul SUMP is the first SUMP in the world to be held in a mega city with a population of more than 16 million, İmamoğlu explained the stakeholders and working methods of the project as follows:

 

STAKEHOLDERS AND WORKING METHOD

 

“Istanbul SKHP within the scope of the UK’s ‘Global Future Cities Programme’; We carried out the coordination of our Transportation Planning Department, ARUP contractor and UN Habitat strategic consultancy. In our municipality, we have done it together with the Transportation Directorate, Transportation Planning Department, internal stakeholders consisting of 23 units of our municipality, and about 110 external stakeholders, including district municipalities and NGOs. We worked with the principle of “Leaving no one behind”, with 25 workshops and 20 surveys at the beginning, middle and end. In summary, we achieved representation in this process with a representation rate of 73 percent, according to the principle of ‘Gender Equality and Social Inclusion’ (GESI). In other words, we ensured the participation of ‘underrepresented groups’ in the process. We have defined our vision as ‘An innovative and inclusive transportation system focused on people and the environment for a sustainable and resilient future’.

 

Shared 9 main objectives of Sump

 

  1. Have an accessible, affordable, integrated and inclusive transportation system
  2. Have an environmentally sustainable transportation system
  3. Have an economically sustainable and resilient transportation system
  4. Improve the safety and security of transport and travelling
  5. Reduce traffic volumes, congestion and automobile dependency
  6. Stimulate the modal shift to public transport
  7. Stimulate the modal shift to active modes (walking and cycling)
  8. Have a transportation system that promotes compact and polycentric development
  9. Have an efficient city logistics system with minimal negative impact

 

In the event held at the IPA Campus in Florya, respectively; Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Advisor İbrahim Orhan Demir, SUMP Local Team Leader Prof. Dr. Haluk Gerçek, UN Habitat Local Strategic Advisor and Project Partner Yelda Reis and British Consul General in Istanbul Kenan Poleo made speeches.