August 07, 2014

ISTANBUL REACHES TO THE SKY TO EASE CUMBERSOME TRAFFIC


A monorail is the Istanbul municipality's latest bid to relieve the city's heavily congested traffic and will be introduced for the first time in the country. Tentatively called Havaray (air rail), the monorail project will carry 200,000 passengers every day in a city of over 14 million. A tender will be launched in September for a preliminary survey of the land and infrastructure for the project. 

According to the municipality's plans, 10 monorail lines will be installed across the city over time, while the monorail will operate on four lines on the Asian side and four on the European side of the city in its initial stages. The length of monorail lines will be 47.8 kilometers in total. The monorail line will be integrated with other mass transit vehicles including the metrobus and subway, facilitating travel for Istanbulites across the relatively small but heavily populated city. Traveling time between two stops of the monorail is planned to be two minutes. 

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