The Istanbul metro is a rapid transit network that serves the bustling districts and neighborhoods of Istanbul. As part of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s objective of expanding the size of the city’s transportation networks, a new rapid metro line is planned to commence operations by next year.
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Turkey’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, has stated that Istanbul’s new metro line will be opened by April 2021. The high-speed metro line is planned to connect the heart of the city to the mega Istanbul Airport.
After inspecting the metro construction, Adil spoke to media reporters present at the site. He clarified that the first part of the new metro line project between Istanbul airport and Kağıthane district will be opened initially in 2021. It will be followed by the opening of the second part between the airport and Halkalı district, planned to be completed in the year 2022.
The M11 metro line will whisk passengers to the new airport from Gayrettepe, in Şişli, located on the European side of Istanbul in just 35 minutes.
“4,500 personnel are currently working to finish the project. With the completion of the ongoing transit projects, Istanbul’s metro network will reach a total of 324 kilometers,” Adil Karaismailoğlu said in an interview.
About the new metro line
Line M11, officially known as the M11 Gayrettepe–Istanbul New Airport–Halkalı Line is officially a rapid transit network of the Istanbul metro. It offers quick and direct access to the Istanbul New Airport in Arnavutköy to the city’s main commercial center. Unline other metro routes, M11 is designed to have limited-stations, meaning that the stops will be spaced further apart.
The new metro line will primarily have two operational branches, one from the international airport to Gayrettepe and the other from the airport to Halkalı. The first leg of the rapid transit line is estimated to stretch 37.5 km (23.3 miles) and would include a total of nine stations. Planned to operate at a speed of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour), it will be the country’s fastest metro line. The metro will run through the major districts in Istanbul, such as Arnavutköy, Eyüp, and Şişli.
The M11 line will further connect to other rapid transit lines to M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman at Gayrettepe station and to the high-speed train line at the airport. It is expected to serve approximately 600,000 passengers per day. The line will pass through the Istanbul districts of Arnavutköy, Şişli, Kağıthane, Eyüp, and Beşiktaş, and is being anticipated to significantly reduce the city traffic loads.
Its significance on Turkish financial systems
Turkey’s economy is characterized by its rapid development and growth. It has one of the most progressive financial industries in the world with centers of a myriad of multinational businesses and manufacturing companies.
Moreover, the ongoing reforms by the Turkish government have revitalized its economic stability to a great extent. Apart from mega-development projects and funds spilled in the country, the government has also taken giant leaps in empowering the Turkish financial sector. Some of the awe-inspiring investments include the launch of Istanbul International Finance Center, the opening of Istanbul International Airport- the largest airport in the world, and the continuous developments of trains, metros, and other transportation networks.
By and far, with the announcement of the new M11 airport metro line opening, the Turkish government has scaled up its domestic manufacturing capacity. The country’s officials had previously stated that their aim is to make Istanbul the hub of the most widespread and fastest transportation network in the world.