Automated Metros Observatory
Dec 21 2017

Istanbul’s first fully automated line opens

by uitp in News

Line M5 opening ceremony

The first section of Istanbul’s fully automated metro line M5 opened on 15 December.┬áIt runs from ├ťsk├╝dar to Yamanevler, is 10.5km long and comprises nine stations.

Line M5┬álies on the Asian side of Istanbul, and connects with the Marmaray tunnel link at ├ťsk├╝dar, where there are train services connecting to the European side the city.┬áWith Phase 2, the line will extend further east,┬ádeeper into the Asian side, to ├çekmek├Ây-Sancaktepe, reaching 20 kilometers long and 16 stations.

The estimated average ridership is 350,000 passengers per day after phase 2 opens.

The current nine stations are: ├ťsk├╝dar, F─▒st─▒ka─čac─▒, Ba─člarba┼č─▒, Altunizade, K─▒s─▒kl─▒, Bulgurlu, ├ťmraniye, ├çar┼č─▒ and Yamanevler. All┬áare underground and are equipped with platform screen doors (half-height).

Istanbul M5 map

The line currently has 21 trains, provided by a consortium of Mitsubishi and CAF. They are 130 meters long and can carry 1620 passengers. Headway is 90 seconds 

Line M5 will be linked to metro lines M8 (Dudullu-Bostanc─▒), M12 (G├Âztepe-Ata┼čehir) and M13 (Hastane-Yenido─čan) by 2023.

All stations are accessible for disabled passengers. For the 9 stations of phase 1, 116 escalators and 39 elevators were deployed.

Sources:

Metro Istanbul

City of Istanbul press release