TURKEY: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced plans to build a new heritage-style tram line.
The 2·2 km route planned for the Esenler district would connect Menderes station on metro Line M1B with Yıldız Technical University Davutpaşa Campus, running along Atışalanı Caddesi and Davutpaşa Caddesi. It would serve five stops along a single-track line. Services would be operated using one tram with capacity for 45 passengers. The project is estimated to cost TL10·5m, and opening is planned for 2020.
Istanbul currently has two heritage-style tram lines. T2 is in the Beyoğlu district on the European side of the city, and T3 forms a circular route in Kadiköy on the Asian side.