Dolmuş

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A row of dolmuş vans

In Turkey and Northern Cyprus, dolmuş (pronounced [do̞ɫmuʃ][1]) are share taxis that run set routes within[2] and between[1] cities.

Their name is derived from Turkish for "apparently stuffed"; they depart from the terminal only when a sufficient number of passengers have boarded.[3]

In some cities dolmuş are only allowed to board and disembark passengers at designated stops or at terminals;[1] in less busy locations passengers may board anywhere along the route.

A foreign passenger described the ride as being "terrifying, awe-inspiring, confusing, incomprehensible, charming, hospitable and alien", and those unfamiliar with them may be surprised by the speed of dolmuş travel.[4]

In Turkey the vehicles used are usually brand new minibuses,[3] but in some parts of Cyprus you can–as of 2009–still see aging Mercedes-Benz stretch limos serving as dolmuş.[5]

Regulations[edit]

An Otokar M-2000 dolmuş

In Turkey the industry is regulated. Despite the meaning of their name, laws prevent these minibuses from becoming too crowded.[3] In Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus, dolmuş routes are leased and vehicles are licensed.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Turkish Dolmus Taxi or Minibus". turkeytravelplanner.com. 
  2. ^ "WHAT'S DOING IN ANKARA". The New York Times. April 5, 1981. 
  3. ^ a b c "Getting Around in Fethiye - The Dolmus". turkeysforlife.blogspot.com. 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dolmuş story". Hürriyet. 2010-01-19. 
  5. ^ a b Bus Services in North Cyprus essentialcyprus.com, January 28, 2009[dead link]