Istanbul's new metro line running between the neighborhoods of Mecidiyeköy and Mahmutbey on the European side opened on Oct. 28.
The new M7 line is planned to carry about 400,000 passengers every day, by passing through six districts and making 352 trips. The six districts of 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 İmamoğlu attended the opening ceremony remotely from the hospital where he is getting COVID-19 treatment. İmamoğlu 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 has been also integrated with several other metro lines as well as the the tram line and the metrobus system: Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro line at the Mecidiyeköy stop, Topkapı-Mescidi Selam tram line at the Karadeniz Mahallesi stop and Kirazlı-Olimpiyat-Başakşehir metro line at the Mahmutbey stop.
Also once the construction of the Eminönü-Alıbeyköy tram line is completed, the M7 line will be integrated with this line as well.88 female operators appointed to Istanbul Metro ahead of new line openingConstruction of Çekmeköy-Sultanbeyli metro line on Istanbul’s Anatolian side to resume