28 October Wednesday

Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey metro line opens, free of charge for 10 days

A new metro line stretching from the central Mecidiyeköy district to Mahmutbey on the European side of the city opened on October 28. Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu announced that the new line will be at the service of Istanbulites for free for the first 10 days.

The new M7 line is planned to carry about 400,000 passengers per day, passing through six districts and making 352 trips daily. The six districts, namely Gaziosmanpaşa, Sultangazi, Esenler, Bağcılar, Kağıthane, are Şişli are home to about 3 million people. Therefore, the new metro line is expected to ease the traffic congestion in these districts to a great extent.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu joined the opening ceremony via teleconference from the hospital where he is getting COVID-19 treatment. Mayor Imamoğlu said that the new line will be at the service of Istanbulites for free for the first 10 days and is expected to carry about 140,000 passengers per hour.

The M7 line is also 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.

Also once the construction of the Eminönü-Alıbeyköy tram line is completed, the M7 line will be integrated with this line as well. The line is planned to extend to Kabataş, a ferry and bus hub on the same side.

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