This metro line is expected to be the most popular of all in Istanbul. First phase is expected to open in October 29, 2020. Opening delayed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions of Spanish test team.
The second phase connecting metro line to Beşiktaş (Mecidiyeköy-Kabataş extension) has lasted more than planned, due to archeological works in Besiktas station. This phase is expected to open in second half of 2021.
The 3rd phase, Mahmutbey-Esenyurt, where a tender was opened but not started, will be reevaluated together with another metro project.
Eminönü-Alibeyköy (Golden Horn) tram
This will be the most touristic rail line, following the Golden Horn coast. A part of the line (Balat-Ayvansaray) was reconstructed. Test runs will start in October. Service is planned to start on Cibali-Alibeykoy part by the end of this year.
The line was planned to start at Eminonü, 1 km from Cibali, which is not only a popular region, but has transport connections (Marmaray, ferry, T1 tram). That part needs reconstruction of Unkapanı junction. A tender was opened last year, cancelled. A new one is expected to open within this year.
This metro line had started in 2017, but suspended in that year. Municipality found funds from EBRD and BSTDB (€175 mn) last year and project restarted. 2 TBMs started working in April. As of September, tunnel works had reached 15%. Another 2 TBMs will start working within this year. This line will connect 3 parallel rail lines in Asian side of Istanbul and go through İstanbul Finance Center under construction. It’s expected to start in mid 2022.
This is the second North-South line in Asian side, connecting 3 rail lines. Though 46% was completed by the end of 2018, funding problems and landslide delayed the project. Funding has been solved in 2020.
A ceremony was held in July 2020 due to restart of work. As of September, 66% has been completed. Rail cars are manufactured and delivered. This line is expected to start service next year (2021).
This is the extension of Üsküdar-Çekmeköy metro. A ceremony was held in November 2019, due to restart of the project after getting fund from Deutsche Bank. First 3 stations are expected to open in 2022.
This project also covers a cross line (Sarıgazi-Yenidoğan metro). However, the potential ridership is low, thus this part was suspended.
%50 of this project was completed as of end of 2019. 1 km rail was laid. Municipality plans to open İkitelli-Bahariye part (2 km) in 2021. Target for complete opening is second half of 2022.
This line was started in 2017, but works could not start. With fund of €86 mn from AFD, project started and is expected to open in 2022.
Within this project, there’s a cross line connecting Pendik to Sabiha Gökçen metro extension. This will provide direct service between Sabiha Gökçen airport and Pendik HST terminal.
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