The first section of Istanbul’s fully automated metro line M5 opened on 15 December. It runs from Üsküdar to Yamanevler, is 10.5km long and comprises nine stations.
Line M5 lies on the Asian side of Istanbul, and connects with the Marmaray tunnel link at Üsküdar, where there are train services connecting to the European side the city. The line will extend further east, deeper into the Asian side, to Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe, reaching 20 kilometers long and 16 stations.
The estimated average ridership is 700,000 passengers per day.
The current nine stations are: Üsküdar, Fıstıkağacı, Bağlarbaşı, Altunizade, Kısıklı, Bulgurlu, Ümraniye, Çarşı and Yamanevler. All are underground and are equipped with platform screen doors (half-height).
The trains, provided by a consortium of Mitsubishi and CAF, are 128 meters long and can carry 1620 passengers.