Unveiling Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's 2016 budget to the city council, Topbaş confirmed that half of the municipality's Lira 16.1bn ($US 5.6bn) allocation for investment next year will be assigned to transport.

Construction is due to begin next year on the following lines:

  • Göztepe Ataşehir Ümraniye metro (13km)
  • Çekmeköy - Sultanbeyli metro (10.9km)
  • Çekmeköy - Taşdelen - Yenidoğan metro (5.7km)
  • Kaynarca - Tuzla metro (7.8km)
  • Pendik - Kaynarca metro (3.2km)
  • Bağcilar - Halkali metro (9.7km)
  • Başakşehir - Kayaşehir metro (6.7km)
  • Mahmutbey - Bahçeşehir metro (16.8km)
  • Yenikapi- Sefaköy (14km), and
  • Eminönü - Alibeyköy tram (10km)

Topbaş also told the council that contracts have been signed for the 13.3km Ataköy - Ikitelli line and the 14.3km Dudullu - Bostanci line and construction will start on both projects next week.