TURKEY: Antalya light rail line T3 opened on August 11, adding 12 km and 19 stops to the city’s Antray network.
T3 runs from Varsak Mezarlığı in the north to Atatürk Lisesi in the west. A three-stop extension from Atatürk Lisesi to Otogar is still under construction. Once completed, an underground stop at Otogar will provide interchange with the existing east-west route T1.
The T3 project has been built at a cost of TL700m. In the longer term it will be extended south from Otogar to Müze. This is currently the western terminus of the T2 heritage tram line, which is to be upgraded to modern standards and double-tracked. Upon completion of this work, T3 will run through to Zerdalilik in the city centre, creating a 23 km route serving 39 stops.
Antalya Municipality plans to purchase a total of 47 light rail vehicles to operate the route, of which 20 would be required for the first phase. Services are currently operated using the existing fleet of 18 Eurotem trams produced by joint venture of Tüvasaş and Hyundai Rotem and 14 five-section CAF Urbos trams.