Mobile diversity

Vision 2050 Istanbul is reshaping the city to make it more citizen orientated using a ‘hyper-localization’ strategy to improve quality of life.

A connected city

Istanbul seeks to become a Future of Mobility global leader, for which it already benefits from a diverse array of transport options including rail, metro, trams, buses, sea ferries, sea buses, cable car, funicular, and shared bicycles.

Nevertheless, Vision 2050 Istanbul also seeks to reshape the city to make it more citizen orientated. Using a ‘hyper-localization’ strategy, city planners are improving quality of life by giving residents access to essential needs within a 15-minute walk, bicycle ride, or public transport journey.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Istanbul will benefit from a Collective Transport 2.0 approach to achieve its aspirations, where many modes of transport are united into a single digitally-connected system.

Transport share in Istanbul, 2020
Source: Deloitte

Railway trailblazer

Istanbul has a large and expanding metro, with 16 lines, over 100 stations, and a target to reach over 800 kilometers in length. It boasts one of the largest automated sections in the world, with a driverless system that optimizes transport capacity, passenger safety, service life, and maintenance costs.

Supporting this is the Marmaray Rail Line that connects the Asia-Europe corridor. Siemens provided communications, signaling, and a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system for the line, which can be used by commuter, intercity, and freight trains, and includes a 14-kilometer tunnel under the Bosporus Strait.

Railway expansion in Istanbul
Source: Metro Istanbul

Smart transit

eMobility is being promoted to boost digital efficiency and eliminate fossil fuels. This includes introducing autonomous buses supported by an energy-efficient charging infrastructure. The Government is also encouraging citizens to use electric bicycles, which Turkey is a manufacturer of.

Istanbul Airport was recently recognized for its digital efficiency with a ‘Best Digital Transformation in Europe’ award in 2020 from Airport Council International (ACI). As one of the world’s largest and busiest airports, digitalization is now at the heart of the passenger experience. Features include a mobile app, e-passport system, smart translation, biometrics, smart parking, 5G, smart security, and helpful robot assistants. Siemens was involved in many aspects, including smart power distribution and fire alarm systems.

Istanbul in numbers


Metro Istanbul carries 2 million people per day on 16 lines

Source: Metro Istanbul


Total length of the Marmaray Rail Line, including 14 kilometers under the Bosporus

Source: Siemens


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