T5: Istanbul’s first new wire-free line

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Durmazlar-built automobile 602 working on the Alstom APS system on Istanbul’s new T5 tramline on 13 January. Picture courtesy of Krnzysf / CC BY 2.5

Istanbul’s Golden Horn is an inlet off the Bosphorus, an historically-important harbour and now the placement of the town’s fifth standalone tramline.

The primary eight.8km (5.5-mile) part of standard-gauge tramline T5, from Cibali to Alibeyköy Cep Otogari bus station, was inaugurated at 12.00 by Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu on 1 January. Attributable to coronavirus curfews in Istanbul passengers weren’t carried till four January, adopted by ten days of free rides.

A fleet of 30 five-section 100% low-floor Durmazlar Panorama trams (601-30) function utilizing the  Alstom APS (Alimentation par le sol) floor present assortment system, offering a six-minute service to 12 stops day by day 06.00 to 20.40. Finish-to-end journey time is 31 minutes and over 50 00zero passengers/day are anticipated (114 00zero/day when vacationers return after the pandemic).

That is the primary time a licensed model of APS has been fitted to trams constructed by a producer aside from Alstom. This wire-free answer was chosen to protect the historic panorama by eradicating the necessity for overhead wires. Elements of the tramline are constructed on piles above the water.

The civil engineering contractor was Dogus Development; its contract for trackwork and electrical techniques was signed in October 2016. Work started in March 2017 and was deliberate to be accomplished in 2019, however was delayed in 2018-19 by modifications within the metropolis administration.
The venture value EUR153m.

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The primary part gives interchange with metro line M7 at Alibeyköy station. The 1.4km (zero.9-mile) two-stop extension from Cibali to Eminönü is because of open in 2022 (a bus shuttle is working till then) and can provide transfers with metro line M2 at Küçükpazar and the town’s first tramline, T1: Kabatas – Bagcilar, and ferries  at Eminönü, though there will likely be no observe connection.

T2 (Tünel – Taksim) and T3 (Moda loop) are allotted to the town’s heritage tramways, whereas T4 (Sultançiftligi – Edirnekapi) is a high-floor gentle rail line. At Eyüp Teleferik switch is accessible to the Eyüpsultan – Piyer Loti cable automobile.

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