F3 (Istanbul Metro)
The F3 operates along the viaduct seen here.
|Termini||Vadistanbul station, Şişli|
Seyrantepe station, Şişli
|Opened||29 October 2017|
|Owner||Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality|
|Operator(s)||Metro Istanbul A.Ş.|
|Line length||0.75 km (0.47 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The F3, also known as the Vadistanbul Skyrail (Turkish: Vadistanbul Havaray) and officially referred to as the F3 Vadistanbul-Seyrantepe funicular line (Turkish: F3 Vadistanbul-Seyrantepe füniküler hattı), is a 750 m (2,460 ft) long funicular railway in Şişli, Istanbul. The line is one of three funicular railways in Turkey, all of them in Istanbul, and is the only one that operates above ground. Due to the fact that the F3 runs along a concrete viaduct, it has been advertised as a Monorail even though it is technically a funicular railway. The route runs between Vadistanbul and Seyrantepe, where connection to the M2 line is available.
The F3 was opened on 29 October 2017, 45 days after the grand opening of the Vadistanbul Shopping Center, and is notable for being the first rapid transit line Turkey to be constructed by the private sector. As per an agreement with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the line will be operated by a joint private venture for two months until transferring the operating rights to Metro Istanbul A.Ş.. The transfer took place on 29 December 2017.
The F3 route runs in northern Şişli, just west of Maslak. The large majority of the route is elevated with a concrete viaduct and consists of two stations. The northwest terminus of the F3, Vadistanbul station, is located within a glass Spheroid structure that connects to the 2nd floor of the Vadistanbul Shopping Center. The southeast terminus, Seyrantepe station, is located underground on the northern side of the O-2 expressway. A tunnel underneath the expressway connects to the M2 station. The route is mostly single track, except for a short 147 m (482 ft) long double-track section in the middle allowing trains to pass one another. The total construction coast of the line was € 15 million.
Construction of the line began in mid-2016 and was completed in early 2017, with its initial opening planned for March 2017. Opening was delayed by seven months until 29 October 2017. The F3 operated free of charge for its first two months until its transfer to the Istanbul Municipality, which integrated the line into the system wide smartcard system, Istanbulkart. Trains operated every seven minutes between 8:00 and 22:00 daily.
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