Turkey invested over 767.5 billion Turkish liras (some $334 billion) in transportation infrastructure over the last 17 years, the country’s transport and infrastructure minister said on Thursday. 

Speaking at a news conference in the capital Ankara, Cahit Turhan said the government will continue to invest in railway projects in line with the country’s 2023 centennial targets.

“Turkey will have a total railway length of 17,525 kilometers (10,890 miles) after completion of a 5,509-kilometer-long (3,423-mile) new line,” he said.

To date, a total of 53.1 million passengers have traveled through high-speed trains, Turhan noted.

He stated that the length of

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