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Istanbul Metro, Turkey [free access]

February 1, 2019

Developer: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is the developer and Istanbul Metro (previously known as Istanbul Ulasım) is the operator.

 

Project description: Expansion of the metro rail system in Istanbul, the most populous city in Turkey. 

 

Background: The Istanbul Metro is an integral part of the city’s public transport system. It commenced service in 2000.

 

The system comprises six lines (M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 and M6) which together span 115.4 km and cover 89 stations. Line M1 is a light metro and Line M6 is an automatic people mover (APM). The others are conventional metro lines. 

 

The most recent addition to the network is Line 5 Phase II in October 2018. Phase II spans 9.2 km from Yamanevler to Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe and covers seven stations. Doğuş İnşaat has constructed the section.

 

The 10.5-km Phase I of Line 5 covering seven stops commenced operations in December 2017.

 

Rolling stock: The metro system deploys 579 railcars supplied by France-based Alstom, South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem, Spain-based CAF and Switzerland-based ABB.

 

Tracks and power: Tracks are standard gauge (1,435 mm). Lines 2 and 6 source power from the third rail (750V DC). Lines 1, 3, 4 and 5 source power from overhead catenary (750V DC on Line 1 and 1.5kV DC on Lines 3, 4 and 5).

 

Signalling: Fixed-block signalling is deployed on lines M1 and M2, whereas moving block signalling is deployed on lines M2, M4, M5 and M6.

 

Fare system: Tokens and the contactless stored-value cards called Istanbulkart are used for all public transport modes (buses, metros, ferries, funiculars and tramways) in the city. The card was introduced in 2009 and can be used for up to five passengers.

 

Extensions/ Capital projects: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced plans to increase the metro network to 452 km by 2023. The following new lines and extensions are currently under development:

 

Line M1B extension (Kirazlı-Halkalı) will span 9.7 km, covering nine stations. A JV of Astaldi (15 per cent), Makyol (29 per cent), Ictas (28 per cent) and Kalyon (28 per cent) is constructing the line under EUR627-million contract secured in May 2017.

 

Line M3 extension (Metrokent-Kayasehir Merkez) will span 6.2 km and cover five stations. A joint venture of Şenbay,Özgün and Söğüt is constructing the line. It is being developed at an investment of TRY969.11 million.

 

Line M3 extension (Kirazli- Bakirkoy IDO) will span 9 km and cover nine stations. Aga Enerji is constructing the line under a EUR273-million contract secured in 2015. Commercial services are expected to begin by October 2020.

 

Line M4 (Tavsantepe-Sabiha Gokcen) will span 7.5 km and cover five stations. Turkey-based Gülermak is constructing the line.

 

Line M5 extension (Cekmekoy-Sultanbeyli) will span 10.9 km and cover nine stations. A JV of Dogus, Özaltin Holding and Yapı Merkezi Holding is constructing the line. It is being developed at an investment of TRY2.34 billion.

 

Line 7 (Kabataş-Mecidiyeköy) will span 6.5 km and cover five stations. Turkey-based Alsim Alarko is constructing the line. It is being developed at an investment of EUR369 million.

 

Line 7 (Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey) will span 18 km and cover 15 stations. A JV of Gülermak, Kolin and Kalyon is constructing the line. It is being developed at an investment of TRY849.44 million.

 

Line 7 (Mahmutbey-Esenyurt) will span 18.5 km and cover 12 stations. A JV of Makyol, Astur and İçtaş İnşaat is constructing the line.  It is being developed at an investment of EUR3.04 billion.

 

Line M8 (Bostancı-Dudullu) will span 14.3 km and cover 13 stations. A JV of Şenbay, Kolin and Kalyon is constructing the line under a contract secured in 2016.

 

Line M9 (Ataköy-İkitelli) will span 13 km and cover 12 stations. AGA Energy is constructing the line under a contract secured in 2016. The line is being developed at an investment of EUR338.27 million.

 

Line M10 (Pendik-Hastane) and Line M4 extension (Kaynarca Merkez-Tuzla Belediyesi) will span 12 km and cover nine stations. A joint venture (JV) of Turkey-based Alsim Alarko and Cengiz Metro is developing the line at an investment of TRY1.61-billion under a contract awarded in 2017. 

 

Line M11 (Gayrettepe-New Airport Metro Line) will span 36 km and cover 10 stations. A JV of Turkey-based Şenbay İnşaat and Kolin İnşaat is constructing the line under a EUR999.77-million contract secured in December 2016.

 

Line M12 (Ümraniye-Göztepe) will span 13 km and cover 11 stations. Turkey-based Gülermak Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş. is constructing the line under a contract secured in April 2017. It is being developed at an investment of TRY2.47 billion.

 

Line M13 (Yenidoğan-Hastane) will span 6.9 km and cover six stations. A JV of Doğuş İnşaat and Özaltin Holding is constructing the line under a contract secured in May 2017. It is being developed at an investment of TRY2.34 billion.

 

Further, lines spanning around 140 km are under planning and due to be completed by 2023.

 

Railcar contracts awarded- The following rolling stock contracts have been recently awarded for the system: 

 

Line M7 and M8: In 2016, Hyundai Rotem secured a USD316-million contract to supply 75 four-car metro trains for Line M7.

 

In December 2017, Hyundai Rotem secured a contract to supply 120 railcars for Line M7 (Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey section) and Line M8. Line 7 will deploy 80 cars and Dudullu-Bostanci Line will deploy the remaining 40 cars.

 

Line M11: In October 2018, Istanbul Municipal Government signed a USD500-million contract with CRRC ZELC 2018 to procure articulated driverless light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the Istanbul Metro Airport Line. The new trains will be compatible for operations on the existing lines of the Istanbul Metro.

 

The vehicles will adopt the ISO22163 international railway industry standard. Each four-car vehicle will be 2.65 metres long and 2.1 metres high, have capacity to carry 1,500 passengers and be operated at a maximum speed of 80 km/hr.

 

Railcar procurement: A total of 11 four-car trains are planned to be procured in 2019 for the Line M12. A total of 80 railcars are planned to be procured for the Line M11.

 

Recent developments:


 

(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.15 USD; 1 TRY [Turkish Lira] = 0.19 USD)