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İstanbul public transportation fares to increase


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.

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Snow blanket on Istanbul causes major transportation strife

The first snow of the year has engulfed Istanbul, canceling many flights and ferry services. Lightning also hit two aircraft mid-flight during the storm.

Heavy snowfall started to fall on the night of Dec. 10 and has since led to icy roads, cold weather and thunderstorms.

Pegasus Airlines’ and Turkish Airlines’ (THY) aircraft, bound for Kharkiv and Esfahan from Istanbul respectively, were struck by lightning at around midnight, forcing them to make emergency landings.

While the THY aircraft landed at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport, the Pegasus Airlines plane returned to Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, from where it had departed.

Despite measures taken by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the snow also snarled city traffic, and caused public transportation to halt and ferry journeys to be canceled.

The snowfall dumped up to 25 centimeters in some districts of the city, as the thunderstorm with snow continued in intervals through the night.

The municipality’s salt trucks have been trying to keep the roads as safe as possible, but accidents caused by vehicles’ sliding on icy ground hampered the operations, the Istanbul Municipality said in a written statement on Dec. 11.

Attempts to mitigate the chaos are now underway, with an 642 Metrobus vehicles and 2,340 buses added to the schedule, the statement added.

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