Dec 17 2017

Istanbul launches automated subway system

The 10 km-long section of Istanbul’s metro line is now fully automated, Turkish pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

The first automated travel between Üsküdar and Ümraniye districts in the Asian side of Istanbul was made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Mevlüt Uysal, the daily said.

The second phase of the €800 million project will be complete by 2018, Daily Sabah wrote, and will have a daily capacity of 700,000 passengers.

With the addition of the new automated line, total length of Istanbul metro network, which started service in 1989, has reached 167 kilometres. By 2023, on the centennial of the Turkish Republic, the government aims to reach 1,023 kilometres of metro network in Istanbul, Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony.

This is Istanbul’s second automated line in operation, Sabah noted, the first being the 3-minute funicular trip between Taksim Square and Kabataş tram lines which has started in 2006.



The first automated metro system of the world was Victoria Line, opened in 1967, a part of the London Underground, which is also the oldest metro service in operation, since 1890.

Currently the longest metro lines are the Shanghai and Beijing systems in China, both over 550 kilometres. Followed by London, New York City, Moscow and Seoul, all over 300 kilometres.