M6 (Istanbul Metro)

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M6 Levent–Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
Istanbul M6 Line Symbol.png
İstanbul Metro, M6 1.JPG
Type Rapid Transit
System Istanbul Metro
Status Operating
Locale Istanbul, Turkey
Termini Levent station, Beşiktaş
Boğaziçi Üni. station, Beşiktaş
Stations 4[1]
Services 1
Opened 19 April 2015; 3 years ago (2015-04-19)[1]
Owner Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Operator(s) Metro Istanbul A.Ş.
Rolling stock Alstom (Sometimes Hyundai Rotem)
Line length 3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 V DC Third rail
Operating speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
Route number M6
Route map
Line M6
LeventLine M2
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Line M6, officially referred to as the M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi line, is a 3.3-kilometre (2.1 mi)[1] light metro line of the Istanbul Metro. The line opened for public service on 19 April 2015.[2] Except for the very small Tünel, this line is the shortest of the Istanbul Metro system with only four stations.[1]


The project was a cooperation between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communication. The metro tunnel is a single tube, which is constructed 25 metres (82 ft) underground by New Austrian Tunnelling method (NATM).[3] The 3.3-kilometre-long (2.1 mi) line with four stations[1] connects to the M2 Yenikapı - Hacıosman metro line at Levent station. In terms of passenger capacity, 8,100 passengers per hour per direction can be transported,[2] which makes this a light metro line rather than a fully rapid transit line. M6 operates two 4-car trains (which can be increased to three trains),[citation needed] running with a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) speed with at least 5–minute headways during peak hours. The travel time between the termini stations is 6–7 minutes.[3][4][5][1]

It was initially planned to go into public service on 29 October 2014, on the Republic Day, but the metro line ultimately opened on 19 April 2015.[2]

The construction of a funicular line is under consideration to connect the Hisarüstü-end station with the shoreline of the Bosphorus in the Aşiyan neighborhood.[6]


Rolling Stock[edit]

The line often uses 2 Alstom trains which are also used on M2, but sometimes 1 of the trains used is a Hyundai Rotem, again also used on M2.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi". istanbululasim.com.tr (in Turkish). İstanbul Ulaşim A.Ş. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Istanbul opens Line M6". Railway Gazette International. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  3. ^ a b Tekten, Erhan (2014-01-24). "Mini metro Taksim'e bağlanıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Mini metro, metroya bağlanıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  5. ^ Aksu, Fatma (2015-04-17). "Topbaş: Mini metro Pazar günü açılıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Tünel açma çalışmaları başlayan metro hattı 3250 metre olacak. Tek tünelli metro hattı, yüzeyden 25 metre derinlikte oluşturulacak" (in Turkish). Akatlar. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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