Istanbul mayor faces backlash after increasing transport prices

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has come under fire after increasing transport prices in the city by 35 percent, Bianet reported.

A single ride fare now costs 3.5 liras (58 U.S. cents), up from 2.6 liras, Bianet said on Wednesday.

The increase may hit minimum wage earners in Turkey particularly hard, causing them to reconsider voting for İmamoğlu, who won his seat at local elections last year. He ousted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had run Istanbul for a quarter of a century.

Almost 10 million people use public transport in Istanbul daily, Bianet said, citing a statement last year by the city municipality. The minimum wage is earned by around 10 million of 28 million employees and is currently 2,324 liras a month after deductions, the website said, citing a survey by the Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey Research Center (DİSK-AR).

A monthly full-fare pass is now 275 liras, Bianet reported.