Istanbul opens the second driverless metro section

On October 21, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, inaugurated the second phase of Istanbul metro line M5, the Uskudar-Umraniye-Cekmekoy/Sancaktepe section. It is part of the city’s first driverless metro line.
The section has a length of 17.8 km served by 16 stations and offers metro connections on Istanbul Asian side, facilitating metro access for citizens living in the districts of Ümraniye, Çekmeköy to Altunizade (a neighbourhood of Üsküdar district), Bağlarbaşı Üsküdar and Kadıköy areas. The new connection also saves time for passengers transferring between Metrobüs, Marmaray and sea routes and between two sides of Istanbul.
With the inauguration of this metro section, the total length of Istanbul metro system has been increased to 170 km with 169 stations. “The construction works of 18 different metro lines with a total length of over 294 kilometres are still continuing,” President Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony.
According to the development strategy of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, efforts are underway for the extension of the line to Sultanbeyli region, under the third phase of the project.

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