The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced a new tender for eight separate monorail projects (Havaray), planned to link together a number of neighborhoods. The tender for the Tuzla-Kartal line is set to be held on February. The municipality will require the bidder to complete the project within 240 days.
The project will initially include eight lines – four on each continent – both in central and suburban areas of Turkey’s largest metropolis. The first line is planned between the remote suburbs of Kartal and Tuzla along the Asian coast of the Marmara Sea.
Other lines will connect the vibrant districts Beyoğlu and Şişli, as well as Beşiktaş and Sarıyer, on the European side. The business center of 4th Levent will be linked to the nearby neighborhoods of Gültepe and Çeliktepe, which have only been connected by bus up to now. Another major line will be built between the populous residential Asian districts of Ataşehir and Ümraniye.
Plans for the new transportation system were revealed back in 2011 by Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş, who suggested that disseminated short air rails could be a cheap and practical solution to reduce the need to extend the metro system in certain areas.
The 47km network is set to take passengers from outlying parts of Istanbul, and will not cover areas of the city frequented by tourists. It is set to carry up to 200,000 passengers per day once complete.