M2 (Istanbul Metro)

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M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman
Istanbul M2 Line Symbol (2020).svg
M2 at Levent station.JPG
A northbound train at Levent station
Overview
StatusOperating
OwnerIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
LocaleIstanbul, Turkey
TerminiYenikapı
Hacıosman
Stations16[1]
Service
TypeRapid transit
SystemIstanbul Metro
Services1 (Branch to Seyrantepe)
Route numberM2, M2 Shuttle
Operator(s)Metro Istanbul A.Ş.
Depot(s)Seyrantepe[2]
Rolling stock160 Hyundai Rotem[1]
20 Alstom[1]
8 carriages per trainset (weekdays)
4 carriages per trainset (weekend)
Daily ridership500,000[1]
History
Opened16 September 2000; 21 years ago (2000-09-16)
Technical
Line length23.5 km (14.6 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Route map
Line M2
Dist.
19.3 km
12 mi
Hacıosman
17.8 km
11.1 mi
Darüşşafaka
16.7 km
10.4 mi
Atatürk Oto Sanayi
15.3 km
9.5 mi
İ.T.Ü.—Ayazağa
15.1 km
9.4 mi
Seyrantepe
Line F3
13.6 km
8.5 mi
Sanayi
12.2 km
7.6 mi
4. Levent
11.2 km
7 mi
Levent
Line M6
9.9 km
6.2 mi
Gayrettepe
Metrobus (Istanbul)
8.2 km
5.1 mi
Şişli—Mecidiyeköy
Line M7 Metrobus (Istanbul)
6.9 km
4.3 mi
Osmanbey
5.2 km
3.2 mi
Taksim
Kabataş–Taksim funicular Line T2
3.7 km
2.3 mi
Şişhane
Tünel Line T2
Haliç
2.3 km
1.4 mi
Vezneciler
Line T1
0 km Yenikapı
Line M1 Line M1 Marmaray Yenikapı Ferry Terminal

The M2, officially referred to as the M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman metro line (Turkish: M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman metro hattı), is a rapid transit line of the Istanbul Metro. It is colored light green on the maps and route signs. The M2 operates between Hacıosman in southern Sarıyer to Yenikapı in south-central Fatih on the historic peninsula of Istanbul. Shuttle trains run from Sanayi to Seyrantepe to Türk Telekom Arena. The M2 line has 16 stations, all but one underground, and a total length of 23.5 kilometers (14.6 mi).[1] A daily ridership of about 500,000 makes it the busiest line of the Istanbul Metro system.[1][3]

History[edit]

Construction for a north-south metro line started on 19 August 1992 when the groundbreaking of the M2 took place. The original route was a wholly underground 7 km (4.3 mi) line between Taksim and 4. Levent. Construction of the tunnels took place in three separate areas; Taksim, Şişli and 4. Levent. These tunnels were connected to each other on 8 July 1994 and were completed on 30 April 1995. The line was completed in early 11 January 1999 and the first rolling stock were lowered into the tunnels. On 25 March 1999 the first test runs began and the line entered service on 16 September 2000 between Taksim and Levent. 4. Levent was opened one month later on 24 October 2000.

Timeline[edit]

The following are events in the timeline of the M2 service:[1]

  • 19 August 1992: Construction of the M2 begins.
  • 12 June 1994: Taksim - Şişli part is completed.
  • 8 July 1994: Şişli - 4.Levent part is completed.
  • 30 April 1995: The two tunnels are connected.
  • 11 January 1999: The first trainsets are used for test runs.
  • 16 September 2000: Taksim - 4.Levent portion is opened.
  • 31 January 2009: Taksim - Şişhane and 4.Levent - Atatürk Oto Sanayi extensions are opened.
  • 2 September 2010: A northern extension to Darüşşafaka is opened.
  • 11 November 2010: The branch to Seyrantepe is opened.
  • 29 April 2011: The northern extension to Hacıosman is opened.
  • 15 February 2014: With the completion of the Golden Horn Metro Bridge, M2 line is fully in service from Yenikapı to Hacıosman.[4]

Route[edit]

M2 route map

The M2 starts at Hacıosman in southwestern Sarıyer. From there it travels under Büyükdere Avenue, a major north–south road in the city, through İstanbul's two major financial districts; Maslak and Levent. The line then heads slightly west just south of Levent through Şişli to historical Taksim Square. From there M2 heads through western Beyoğlu to Şişhane. It crosses the Golden Horn towards the Old City and terminates in Yenikapı, a transport hub connecting with M1 line and Marmaray.[4] (The Şehzadebaşı station on the map above was actually named Vezneciler when the extension south of Şişhane opened on 15 February 2014).

Stations[edit]

Istanbul Metro line M2 train crossing the Golden Horn Metro Bridge.
M2 Levent station.

M2 Line

No Station District Transfer Type Notes
1 Bakırköy ‐ İncirli Bakırköy M1ᴀ (Yenikapı - Atatürk Havalimanı) Metro HattıM3 (Bakırköy İDO - Kayaşehir Merkez) Metro HattıM20 (İncirli - TÜYAP) Metro Line (Project)Metrobüsİncirli - Söğütlüçeşme Metro Project Underground Bakirkoy Palace of Justice
2 Osmaniye
3 Zeytinburnu Adliye Zeytinburnu Zeytinburnu Square
4 Silivrikapı Fatih
5 Kocamustafapaşa İstanbul University - Cerrahpaşa
↑↑Planned to be Built After 2029 ↑↑
6 Yenikapı Fatih M1ᴀ (Yenikapı - Atatürk Airport) Metro LineM1ʙ (Yenikapı - Halkalı) MetroMarmaray (Halkalı - Gebze) Banliyö Treniİstanbul Sea Bus (İDO)(Yenikapı Terminal) Underground T1 (Bağcılar - Kabataş) Tram Aksaray Tram Station 750m Walking
7 Vezneciler - İstanbul University T1 (Bağcılar - Kabataş) Tram (Laleli - İstanbul University Tram Station)Vezneciler - Fenertepe Metro Line İstanbul University Laleli and Vezneciler Campus・Şehzadebaşı Mosque・Süleymaniye Mosque
8 Haliç Golden Horn Fatih & Beyoğlu T5 (Eminönü - Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı) Tram (under construction) (Küçükpazar Tram Station) Bridge Haliç Metro BridgeAtatürk BridgeSokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque
9 Şişhane - Zemin İstanbul Beyoğlu F2 (Karaköy - Beyoğlu) Tünel Funiculer (Beyoğlu funicular (tünel) Station)T2 (Taksim - Tünel) Nostalgic Tram Nostagic Tram Line (Tünel Tram Station) Underground İstiklal Avenue・Zemin İstanbul・Galata TowerKasımpaşa
10 Taksim F1 (Taksim - Kabataş) Füniküler HattıT2 (Taksim - Tünel) Nostaljik Tramvay Hattı Taksim SquareTaksim MosqueTaksim Gezi ParkAtatürk Culturel Centerİstiklal Avenue ・ About 1 km from TF1 (Maçka - Taşkışla) Teleferik Hattı line Taşkışla Cable Car Station. There is walking distance.
11 Osmanbey Şişli PangaltıNişantaşı
12 Şişli - Mecidiyeköy M7 (Kabataş - Esenyurt) Metro LineMetrobüs Cevahir AVMProfilo AVMTrump TowersŞişli MosqueMecidiyeköy Square
13 Gayrettepe M11 (Gayrettepe - İstanbul New Airport - Halkalı) Metro Line (under construction)・Metrobüs(Zincirlikuyu Metrobus Station) ZincirlikuyuZorlu Center・Astoria AVM
14 Levent Beşiktaş & Şişli M6 (Levent - Boğaziçi Üniversitesi/Hisarüstü) Metro Hattı MetrocityKanyon・ÖzdilekPark・Gültepe・Levent Mosque・İş Kuleleri
15 4. Levent Kâğıthane M34 (Beylikdüzü - Sabiha Gökçen Airport) Fastly Metro Line (Hızray) (Project) Istanbul Sapphire・Yeni Levent・QNB Finansbank Cristal Tower
16 Sanayi Mahallesi M2 Shuttle Metro Line (Free) It is possible to go to the Seyrantepe m2 shuttle line by changing the platform.
17 İTÜ - Ayazağa Sarıyer İTÜ/Ayazağa - Kağıthane Metro Line (Project)İTÜ - İstinye Funicular Line (Project) İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ) Ayazağa CampusMaslak
18 Atatürk Oto Sanayi Vodafone Station (Sponsor)
19 Darüşşafaka Darüşşafaka・Atatürk Urban Forest (South login)
20 Hacıosman Atatürk Urban Forest (North login)
↓↓ Planned to be Built After 2029 ↓↓
21 Çayırbaşı Sarıyer Underground
22 Büyükdere Büyükdere jetty
23 Sarıyer Sarıyer jetty

M2 Shuttle Line

(While it was planned to be only a warehouse and operation center in Seyrantepe during the initial construction, it was built as a station to serve both the region and the Türk Telekom Stadium. Due to the limited area of the scissors zone, transactions can only be made up to the Sanayi. It is planned to make arrangements for uninterrupted work between Seyrantepe and Yenikapı on match days.)

No Station District Transfer Type Notes
1 Sanayi Mahallesi Kağıthane M2 Metro Line (Free) Underground It is possible to go in the direction of Yenikapı and Hacıosman by changing the platform.
2 Seyrantepe F3 (Seyrantepe - Vadistanbul) Funiculer (Free) (Seyrantepe Funicular Station)İTÜ/Ayazağa - Kağıthane Metro Line (Project) (Stadium Metro Station) Türk Telekom Stadium・Police Housing
↓↓ Planned to be Built After 2029 ↓↓
3 Hamidiye Kâğıthane Underground
4 İSKİ Arıtma İSKİ Headquarters Building・AKOM Headquarters Building
5 Çobançeşme
6 Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı (Mini Coach Station Alibeyköy) Eyüpsultan T5 (Eminönü - Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı Tramvay Hattı (Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı Tram Station) Viaduct Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı (coach station)・5. Levent

Rolling stock[edit]

The M2 line in İstanbul uses both Hyundai Rotem and Alstom trains which operate with headways of 5 minutes on the line.

Future extension[edit]

A future extension southwest of Yenikapı is planned, with five new stations at Kocamustafapaşa, Silivrikapı, Veliefendi, Zeytinburnu and Bakırköy.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman Metro Hattı" [M2 Yenikapı - Hacıosman Metro Line]. www.metro.istanbul (in Turkish). Metro Istanbul. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ "İstanbul Metrosu (Taksim-4. Levent-Ayazağa (Hacı Osman) Hattı)" (in Turkish). İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi. Archived from the original on 2008-11-08.
  3. ^ "Yıllara Göre Hat Bazlı Aylık Yolcu Sayıları" [Number of Monthly Passengers by Line and by Years] (PDF) (in Turkish). Metro İstanbul A.Ş. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  4. ^ a b "Haliç, Yenikapıyı, Hacıosman'a bağladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-15.

External links[edit]

Media related to Istanbul Metro line M2 at Wikimedia Commons