May 14, 2013

Istanbul launches train tender for new metro line

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ISTANBUL Metropolitan Municipality's Rail Systems Directorate invites bids from individual companies by July 15 for a fleet of 21 six-car trains for operation on the new Line M6 which is being built as the second metro line on the Asian side of the city.

The driverless trains, which must be in service by 2015, will have wide inter-car gangways. There must be a minimum of 15% Turkish content apart from the first two trains.

The 20km Line M6, which will be entirely underground, is being built from Üsküdar, where it will connect with the Marmaray rail link under the Bosphorus, via Ümraniye to Çekmeköy and will have 16 stations. A €563.9m contract was awarded in March 2012 to Dogus Insaat ve Ticaret and work started on the project later that month. The line is scheduled to open in May 2015.

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