İZBAN, sometimes referred to as Egeray, is a commuter rail system serving İzmir and its metropolitan area. It is the busiest commuter railway in Turkey, serving about 150,000 passengers daily. İZBAN is a portmanteau of the words "İzmir" and "Banliyö".
Established in 2007 and began operations in 2010, İZBAN was formed to revive commuter rail in İzmir. Currently, İZBAN operates a 80 km (50 mi) long system, with 31 stations, consisting of two lines: the Southern Line and the Northern Line.
İZBAN A.Ş. operates the railway and is owned 50% by the Turkish State Railways and 50% by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. İZBAN is a part of the municipality's Egeray project.
Currently, İZBAN plans on extending its line 30 km south of Cumaovası to Torbalı after the line opens to Aliağa. This is planned to upgrade 4 existing stations: Tekeli, Pancar, Tepeköy and Torbalı. Also 3 more overpasses for motorways will be built. On March 6, 2011, the project was approved by the ministry of transport.
Aliağa-Bergama / Torbalı-Selçuk
After the Torbalı extension is finished, İZBAN plans to extend the line 55 km north of Aliağa to Bergama and 32 km south of Torbalı to Selçuk. The goal of this project is to link the ancient cities of Pergamon and Ephesus with İzmir by rail.
An extension to Manisa is planned and construction is expected to begin towards the end of 2011. This would mean the upgrading of several stations (Emiralem, Ayvacık, Muradiye, Horozköy) and a major upgrade of Manisa, as well as adding a few new stations to serve all villages near the line. Together with this, the existing single track line, would be made double track and electrified with 25 kV AC overhead wire.