This is the second in what I hope will be a series of posts that contrast Turkish and US public policy. If you missed it, the first post on Turkey's High Speed Rail design is here.
Today I shall talk about a city that I've come to love, Istanbul. In no small part this is due to the vast amount of public transportation options and especially relevant for today's post, ease of intermodal transfers.
Follow me over the jump for a brief geography lesson of Istanbul, personal pictures, and a the most wonderous invention known to man that I have yet encountered.
First, if you have not already read it please go take a look at the excellent analysis of the current state of US High Speed Rail by Vikingkq.
And now I'd like to introduce you to Turkey, a country that seems to really get Mass Transportation in the 21st century. This will be the first of what I hope to be a series of posts on Turkey's efforts to move it's rapidly growing population around without encouraging the car dependence we've all come to know and love back in the U S of A.
Turkey's newest line will reduce travel time from 10 hours 30 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
More over the jump.