Transport industry in Turkey - Statistics & Facts

The amount of freight moved by all inland modes of transportation in Turkey has been steadily increasing. Between 2006 and 2016, freight volume had grown by 39 percent, amounting to nearly 317.5 billion tonne-kilometers in 2016. Of this, rail transport accounted for approximately 11.7 billion tonne-kilometers that same year. The share of rail transport on overall inland freight moved had stayed relatively stable in the past ten years.

Investments in railway infrastructure peaked in 2013 at 2.25 billion euros, before decreasing the following years to 1.72 billion by 2016. This was nearly 19 percent of all money invested in inland transport infrastructure that year.

Regarding passenger movement, the number of registered passenger cars in Turkey had grown nearly fourfold between 1995 and 2016, with there being 11.3 million licensed passenger cars by 2016. This figure translated into a motorization rate of 142 cars per 1,000 inhabitants. Apart from an increase in car sales, Turkey had also recorded a significant growth in its own manufacturing industries. Production figures for passenger cars amounted to 1.03 million units in 2018. However, this growth in motorization also had an effect on the number of road traffic fatalities recorded, which climbed to 7,427 in 2017.

The most common form of roads found in Turkey were those smaller than secondary or regional roads and included those without a hard surface. They had a total length of 175,429 kilometers, while motorways had a length of 2,542 kilometers.

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