Istanbul’s new metro line opens, free of charge for 10 days

Passengers walk in a station of Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey metro line, Oct. 28, 2020. (DHA Photo)

Istanbul's M7 metro line stretching from the central Mecidiyeköy quarter to Mahmutbey opened on Wednesday.

According to a statement released by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), the metro line is in its first phase with the opening of Mahmutbey station, a suburban and commercial district on the western European side. The line is planned to extend to Kabataş, a ferry and bus hub on the same side.

The line will be able to carry 140,000 passengers an hour, passing through 6 districts.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu, who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, joined the opening ceremony via teleconference, announcing that the new line will be free of charge for 10 days.

The line, which connects Gaziosmanpaşa, Sultangazi, Esenler, Bağcılar, Kağıthane and Şişli districts where approximately 3 million people live, will carry 400,000 passengers daily, making 352 trips. It is integrated with other public transport options at several points, including the M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro line and Metrobus at Mecidiyeköy station, Topkapı-Mescidi Selam tram line at Karadeniz station and Kirazlı-Olimpiyat-Başakşehir metro line at Mahmutbey station.

Once the line is extended to Kabataş crossing through the Beşiktaş district, it will also be integrated with sea transportation.

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