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Istanbul residents to select the design for a new fleet of trams

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News | 1/4/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced on Monday a poll asking residents to nominate their favorite model of tram the city plans to build to expand its public transport network.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced through a press release on Monday the opening of an online poll asking residents to nominate their favorite model of tram for a new fleet the city intends to produce.

The municipality owned company Ulaşım A.Ş. has designed two different styles of tram residents can view at www.istanbultramvayiniseciyor.com. The website features images of the vehicles aesthetic qualities and details the vehicles’ technical manifests. Residents are able to vote for either Model A or Model B until January 31.

The most popular design will be produced and installed on tramways throughout Turkey, to be used on both conventional tramlines and on light-rail metro lines. Ulaşım A.Ş. has been working on the designs since 1997. The current selection process represents the first step in the serial production of Istanbul’s own tram fleet.

The municipality recently held a similar campaign to choose the design for vessels that would serve as additions to the public sea transportation network on the Bosphorus. The most popular design resembled the kind of historical boats that used to ply the straight.

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