The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced a series of fare hikes that will come into effect on Sunday, Feb. 1.

The standard bus fare of TL 2.15 will be increase to TL 2.30, while the student price will be bumped up from TL 1.10 to TL 1.15.

The increase will also affect transfer prices. A standard transfer fare currently costs TL 1.45 but will be increased to TL 1.65 effective from Sunday, while student transfers will rise from Kr 45 to Kr 50.

The price increases pertain to those holding İstanbul cards, commonly used on all forms of public transit in the city. Single-use tokens, which cost TL 4, will remain the same price.

Despite gas prices being at their lowest level in years, in the $3 per barrel range, İstanbul continues to regularly raise the rates of transportation.

Though transit prices are still low in comparison to major European cities, they constitute a major segment of the salary of minimum wage earners, who rely on taking multiple buses a day to reach their workplaces.

Organizers of the upcoming 13th Istanbul Biennial have been forced by circumstances to abandon their plans to stage art exhibitions in public areas like Gezi Park, Taksim Square and elsewhere, according to the show’s main curator.

“That’s why we have decided that the exhibitions and projects in public areas [may not help] these exhibitions, and that’s why we have decided not to make these exhibitions in those areas,” Fulya Erdemci said.

As such, the biennial team has been forced to opt for private venues for the exhibitions.
Earlier the biennial teams had announced that it would use public buildings that were temporarily left vacant by urban transformation as exhibition venues.

“These may include courthouses, schools, military structures or post offices, former transportation hubs like train stations and ex-industrial sites such as warehouses and dockyards, as well as the contested Taksim Square and Gezi Park. The hallmarks of current urbanism, such as shopping malls, hotels and office-residential towers, are being considered sites for artistic interventions as well,” the organizers had said in a written statement.

Following a change in the dates of the event, Erdemci said the biennial, whose title this year is “Mom, am I barbarian?” could be visited between Sept. 14 Oct. 20 at Antrepo No.3, Galata Greek Primary School, ARTER, SALT Beyoğlu and 5533.

The 13th Istanbul Biennial will focus on the theme of public space as a political forum, according to the press release sent by the biennial team. Entrance to the event will be free of charge.