The International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank) is lending €55m for the project, and co-ordinating a further €110m in financing from the French Agency for Development (AFD) and Dutch banking group ING.

The Karsiyaka line will be 16.6km long with 19 stations, while the 9.7km Konak line will have 16 stations.

A total of 38 LRVs will be required to operate services on the two lines.