Metrobus to run on Asian side of Istanbul .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - With the approaching local elections in Turkey, the number of the opening ceremonies ballooned in Istanbul and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is readying to open the 10-kilometer Zincirlikuyu-Söğütçeşme metrobus line on the Asian Side of the city this month.

The metrobus, a public transit system operating in its own lane, on the European side of Istanbul carries 550,000 people a day.

The line that operates between Avcılar and Zincirlikuyu district created alternative transport to help people escape Istanbul’s bustling traffic. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş said the line on Asian side would start running in February.

With the new metrobus line the transit system will be carrying nearly 1 million people on daily basis.

The first line between Avcılar and Topkapı was opened in September 2007. The time for passangers going from one point to the other was decreased to 22 minutes.

Later however, the line has been extended to Zincirlikuyu neighborhood, which takes 38 minutes from the first stop Avcılar.

The hybrid buses from the Netherlands save fuel

Once the third leg of the metrobus extends to Söğütlüçeşme neighborhood on the European side people will reach their destinations faster. 80 percent of the construction in Söğütçeşme is completed. The last step on the construction is placing the pedestrian bridges.

The buses for the newly built line are being bought from the Netherlands. The vehicles cost 1.2 million euros. The Phileas brand of buses, which are 26 meters long, with a 185 passenger capacity, are hybrid and will start operating for the first time in Turkey.

There will be 20 hybrid vehicles working both for the line on the Asian and European sides. The vehicles will save 40 percent more fuel compared to the present metrobuses.

The present stops of metrobus are Zincirlikuyu, Mecidiyeköy, Çağlayan, Halıcıoğlu, Topkapı Park, Cevizlibağ, Merter, Zeytinburnu, İncirli, Şirinevler, Kuleli, Yenibosna, Sefaköy, Beşyol, Cennet, Küçükçekmece, IETT Camp, Saatçi ĞKuruçeşme, Avcılar on the European side of the city.