LOCAL >City mulling 'metrobus-trains' as solution to Istanbul's traffic woes

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The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is working on waysto alleviate the congestion on the city's vital metrobus route, includingdevising a way to combine the metrobuses into a metrobus-train, according tothe mayor.

The metrobus route in Istanbul is severely overburdened,with 33,000 passengers being carried in one direction in a single hour on asingle route, Kadir Topbaş said, adding that the globally accepted capacity forsuch a line was between 12,000 and 15,000 passengers.

"The numbers show that this route cannot becontinued with buses. To transport 33,000 passengers, you need a light railsystem," Topbaş said. “We considered turning the metrobus route into alight-rail or a tram route but a railway cannot cross the Haliç Bridge [overthe Golden Horn]."

The municipality has also considered devising a way toadd chargeable power supplies which the vessels would use while crossing theHaliç Bridge.

Another possibility the city officials are considering isfinding a way to attach the metrobuses to each other so that they would operatelike "cars of a freight train," Topbaş said, suggesting a hybridbetween a bus and a tram.

Metrobus control center

The municipality is set to form a control center whosesole purpose will be to oversee the metrobuses, Topbaş said. Personnel at thecontrol center would look out for congestion and the number of passengers atstations and direct empty metrobuses to overcrowded stops.


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