Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İMM) plans to soon initiate three important rail infrastructure development projects to address the city’s heavy road traffic levels.
IMM will launch on the 14 of November a tender for Sefaköy-Halkalı-Başakşehir monorail system implementation, informs Anadolu Agency. The nine km-long monorail line is planed to enter operations in 2019.
On the 26 of October, IMM will also announce a tender for the construction of a new 20 km long metro line connecting Kazlıçeşme (European side) and Söğütlüçeşme (Asian side). The project will include the construction of the underwater railway tunnel, similar to the Marmary project, electrical and mechanical works, and the procurement of new rolling stock. The line is expected to be operational in 2023.
In addition, IMM will lunch on the 26 of October a tender for the construction of five kilometers of the Kabataş-Bağcılar tramway line, of which 2 km of line will be laid underground, between Seyitnizam and Zeytinburnu, and 3 km will be an extension of Başakşehir-Kayaşehir metro.