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Taxi driver license project in Istanbul

Posted on 6 May 2013

Yahya Uğur, chair of the Istanbul Chamber of Cab Drivers, announced that his organization is working on a ‘cab driver license’ project. “Cab drivers did not have to do anything up until last year. Anyone who wanted to become a driver was permitted to drive a cab. For the first time, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality… Read more »

New subway line opened on Asian side

Posted on 17 August 2012

 Istanbul has a new subway line. It was opened today after undergoing construction for seven years. It runs from Kadıköy, a large, populous, and cosmopolitan district of Istanbul, on the Asian side of the Sea of Marmara, to Kartal along the M4 motorway. It is a great addition to the growing public transport system in… Read more »

Earthquake proofing work at FSM bridge

Posted on 24 July 2012

 Another lane of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) Bridge will be closed down as of tomorrow, July 25. The changes will raise the number of lanes shut down on the bridge to three, further straining Istanbul’s already-heavy traffic. Alternative transportation methods, such as increased sea transport and more busses, will be offered to ease drivers’… Read more »

Istanbul’s taxis to replace their meters

Posted on 21 July 2012

Istanbul’s taxi meters are going to get a face lift by October 2016, according to daily Sabah. Both Ispark, a subsidiary of the Istanbul Municipality, and the Istanbul Taxis Chamber have confirmed that a tender has been held for the new taxi meters, which will replace the existing meters that have been in use for… Read more »

Second metrobus accident in a month

Posted on 20 July 2012

 A metrobus crashed into a car earlier this morning in Istanbul, wounding one, daily Hürriyet reported. The driver lost control of the metrobus for unknown reasons and drove through the barriers separating the special metrobus lane from the regular highway and crashed into a car, wounding the vehicle’s driver. Nobody on the metrobus was injured…. Read more »