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Istanbul Metrobus

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Istanbul
Peak throughput (passengers / hr / direction): 18,900  East of Cevizlibağ station, W-E, AM peak, 6-Jul-12   
BRT Standard score: SILVER   
Year system commenced: 2007  Phase 1 2007 (18.2km-15 stns), Phase 2 2008 (11.8km-11 stns), Phase 3 2009 (11.5 km-8 stns), 9.7km western extension 2012   
System name: Metrobus   
City centre peak hour speed: 35 km/hr  Multiple surveys, 6 July 2012   
Number of BRT stations: 44   
Segregated busways or bus-only roadways:    
Pre-board fare collection and fare verification:    

Performance

Peak throughput (passengers / hr / direction): 18,900  East of Cevizlibağ station, W-E, AM peak, 6-Jul-12   
Peak buses / hr / direction: 137  Cevizlibağ station, W-E, AM peak, 6-Jul-12   
City centre peak hour speed: 35 km/hr  Multiple surveys, 6 July 2012   
Full corridor peak hour speed: 35 km/hr  Multiple surveys, 6 July 2012   
BRT system coverage (2-way roads) (1 fare): 51.7 km   
Operational mode: trunk-only   
Routes operating both inside & outside BRT roads: 0   
Routes operating only in busway corridors: 3  34, 34A, 34Z (not including 9.7km western extension)   
System passenger-trips per day: 800,000   IETT (retrieved August 2015)
Average bus occupancy (peak direction & point): 133   
Highest peak hour boardings at a single station: 6,500  Evening peak, Zincirlikuyu Station (source: IETT)   
Highest full-day boardings at a single station: 60,500  Zincirlikuyu (interchange station) Source: IETT   
Network of routes and corridors     
High peak period operational speed (>20km/hr)     
Faster than a trotting donkey     
Buses operating both in & out of BRT corridors     
Most bus passengers in BRT corridors carried by BRT buses     
Net time saving for bus passengers in corridor     IETT reports a saving of 52 minutes per passenger per day
Throughput >20,000 passengers/hr (one direction)     
Throughput >10,000 passengers/hr (one direction)     
Carries more than a mixed traffic lane (2500 pphpd)     

Vehicles & ITS

Fleet of special BRT buses: 300  Not including 9.7km western extension   
Fleet of regular buses using BRT stations: 0   
Fleet of 18m or larger BRT buses: 300  Not including 9.7km western extension   
Fleet of integrated BRT feeder buses: 0   
Location of bus doorways: Right side  traffic is on the right (BRT is contraflow)   
Number of doors in BRT buses: 4  in both the 19m and 25m buses   
BRT vehicle length: 19.5m, 26.4m  50 26.4m, 250 19.5m   
No. of seats in 18m BRT buses: 41  19.5m buses. 26.4m bi-artics have 52 seats   
BRT vehicle fuel: diesel, hybrid   
BRT bus manufacturer: Mercedes, Phileas   
Real-time next bus information displays     
Distinctive BRT buses     
Sliding doors in BRT stations     
Low-emission vehicle technology (≥Euro III)     
Automated fare collection and fare verification     
System control centre     
High-quality passenger information on buses     
Audio announcements on BRT buses     

Other

BRT Standard score: SILVER   
Year system commenced: 2007  Phase 1 2007 (18.2km-15 stns), Phase 2 2008 (11.8km-11 stns), Phase 3 2009 (11.5 km-8 stns), 9.7km western extension 2012   
System name: Metrobus   
Project website: www.iett.gov.tr  No special BRT website   
Distinctive marketing identity for system     Metrobus


Infrastructure

Number of BRT stations: 44   
Stations with functioning passing lanes: 0   
Location of busway lanes: Centre of roadway  Contraflow direction   
Total length of dedicated busway: 48.9 km   
Length including mixed traffic portions: 51.7 km   
Average distance between stations: 1,200m   
Number of corridors: 1   
Number of BRT terminals: 4   
Number of BRT depots: 1   
Segregated busways or bus-only roadways     
Enhanced station (more than just a bus shelter)     
Overtaking lanes at more than 75% of stations     
Bike sharing in vicinity of BRT stations     
Wheelchair accessible stations     Some are accessible, and facilities are being retrofitted
Distinctive BRT stations     
>1 substop at >75% of stations (requires overtaking)     
Includes BRT-only tunnels or bridges     
>1 stop position at stopping area at >75% of stations     Stations without doors / defined stop areas
Stations away from intersections     
Full weather protection on most station platforms     
Full weather protection on all station platforms     
Covered station access     
Escalators/lifts at >20% of stations with bridges/tunnels     
Signal priority or grade separation at intersections     
Level boarding and alighting     level but sometimes large gap
High-quality passenger information at stations     
Bicycle parking at BRT stations     
Segregated bike lanes along main corridor(s)     
Improvements to nearby public space     
Physical BRT laneway dividers     

Regulation & costs

Median cash fare: n/a  cash payment not accepted   
Median smart card fare: 3 TL   
Infrastructure cost per km: US$8.8 million  2007 value. Includes infrastructure & equipment (Source: IETT)   
BRT bus operator(s): IETT   
BRT management agency: İETT : Istanbul Electricity tunnel and Tramway establishments   
More than one BRT bus operator     
Pre-board fare collection and fare verification     
Competitively bid operating contracts     
Payment per bus-kilometre rather than per passenger     
No operational subsidy from government     subsidy needed
Buses paid for by operators rather than government     
Oversight from an independent entity/agency     
BRT authority plans and controls the system     

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