Two new metro tenders opened in İstanbul

Two new metro tenders opened in İstanbul :The development of public transport in the Turkish city is set to continue with an announcement of tenders for two major new metro lines. With a metropolitan population that is now topping approximately 14 million people and forecasts showing that it will continue its growth for the rest of the decade, ending up at 16.4 million, the city’s transport network is needing to continue to expand to keep pace. As a result the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced plans for opening a tender for two new metro lines next month: “A tender will be held for the subway lines between Ataköy-İkitelli on the European side and Dudullu-Bostancı on the Asian side in September,” Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş confirmed to local press last week.

After London, Istanbul has the oldest underground urban line in the world, the funicular subway, Tünel, which still operating today first took passengers in 1875. Construction on the modern metro network began in 1989, with the Marmaray Tunnel (the Bosphorus undersea railway tunnel) connecting the Asian and European metro lines opening in October 2013. The Metro operates from 6 a.m. to approximately 0.30 a.m. every 7–10 minutes; during peak-hours the intervals reduce to 5 minutes.

Of the two tenders, the Ataköy-İkitelli line on Istanbul’s European side will be 13.3km long and will carry around 45,000 passengers per hour in one direction, said the statement. Topbaş also said the Ataköy-İkitelli line would be integrated with other rail systems, including the Marmaray and another metro line in Bağcılar.

Whilst the second, the Dudullu-Bostancı line on Istanbul’s Asian side will be 14.2km in length and will also have the capacity to carry 45,000 passengers an hour with the journey between Dudullu and Bostancı taking 21 minutes.

Earlier in the Summer, the Minister of Transportation and Communication, Feridun Bilgin announced that the subway connecting Istanbul’s new under-construction airport to the city’s metro system will be put out to construction tender in 2016.The airport which is ultimately planned to be the largest airport in the world, with a 150 million passenger annual capacity will be connected with a metro system via a line starting from Gayrettepe station with the new line having a total length of 33 km will only be a 26-minute ride. The new under-construction airport in Istanbul is expected to be operational in 2018 with one terminal and two runways. There’s plenty to keep Istanbul transport planners busy over the next few years!

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