A groundbreaking innovative transportation system was offered for the convenience of Istanbul residents. The first phase of the Turkey’s first fully automated subway system became operational on Friday in the Asian side of Istanbul with an opening ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Mevlüt Uysal.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the driverless metro, President Erdoğan highlighted the aim to building a transportation network that operates independently of vehicle traffic in Istanbul. With the operation of Üsküdar-Ümraniye driverless metro, the total length of subway lines in Istanbul has reached 167 kilometers. By 2018, Istanbul will have a 355-kilometers-long metro network, Erdoğan informed.

As part of Turkey’s 2023 vision which entails the accomplishment of mega projects, the government’s aim is to put a 1,023 kilometers-long subway network in Istanbul, hence Istanbul will have a transportation system that is not attached to the city’s heavy traffic.

The first phase of Üskudar-Sancaktepe Metro line in the Asian part of the city, the 10.5-kilometer part of the 20 kilometer-long metro line from Üsküdar to Ümraniye is now operational while the remaining part will be launched in June 2018. The estimated cost of the project was reported at 800 million euros.

The full-length line consists of 16 stations and will carry 700,000 passengers per day when it is completely functional.

Source: Daily Sabah