Passenger services on Line T5 started on January 4 and will be free of charge for the first 10 days. The first 8.8km section of Line T5 runs from Cibali north alongside the Golden Horn to Alibeyköy Cep bus station and has 12 stations. The remaining 1.2km two-station section from Cibali to Eminönü is under construction.

LRVs are operating at six-minute headways and take 30 minutes to complete the trip. The line has the capacity to transport 12,000 passengers per hour per direction.

Line T5 interchanges with metro Line M7 at Alibeyköy and will connect with metro Line M2 at Küçükpazar and LRT Line T1 at Eminönü when the extension opens.

Dogus Construction Group was awarded a €153m contract covering construction, electromechanical works and vehicle procurement by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) in December 2016, but construction was delayed due to weak ground conditions. Durmazlar, Turkey, was awarded a contract to supply 30 LRVs in January 2018.