Public Transportation Use Increased 67 Percent in Istanbul in May

Public transportation use increased in May in Istanbul
Public transportation use increased in May in Istanbul

In May, there was an increase in the density of transportation and the number of people on the streets; 23,8 percent of the population went out on the street. The number of trips in public transportation is 67,8 percent; Passengers over the age of 60 saw an increase of 78 percent. Although the transitions between the two sides increased by 37,4 percent, Covid-19 remained behind before. Friday, May 29 was the day when the highest collar crossing took place. While the number of vehicles in the main arteries decreased to the level of April at the end of May, the average daily speed of the vehicles decreased by 6 percent.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Statistics Office evaluated the developments in Istanbul transportation in May 2020 Istanbul Transportation Bulletin. In this press release, Covidien-19 first case was detected before and after the March 11 to April and May were compared in Turkey.

23,8 percent of the population went to the street in Istanbul

In the last week of March, while 16,1 percent of the population in Istanbul was on the streets, this rate increased by 30,4 percent in the last week of April to 20,1 percent and to 23,8 percent in May. Between 1-5 June, 34,4 of Istanbul residents went to the streets.

Number of trips in public transportation increased by 67,8 percent at the end of May

The number of smart ticket users, which was an average of 4 million 8 thousand 1 between 289-244 May, decreased by 25 percent between 29-2,5 May and became 1 million 256 thousand 347. On the 29th of May, the number of trips increased by 67,8 percent to 2 million 168 thousand 866. The increase rate for passengers over 60 was 78 percent.

Vehicle mobility between 15.00 and 18.00

On the days when curfew is not forbidden, the busiest hours are generally at 17.00, whereas on the days when the ban is applied, the intensity is at 18.00.

Vehicle passage between the two sides increased by 37,4 percent compared to April.

On weekdays and on the days when there is no curfew, the number of vehicles making a collar pass in April was 238 thousand 875 daily, while it was 328 thousand 220 in May.

The most crossing took place on Friday, May 29

The busiest transition in May occurred during the week of May 11-17; the busiest day was on 29th of May. 49,5 percent of the collar crossings are from July 15 Martyrs, 38,2 percent from FSM, 6,4 percent from YSS bridges; 6 percent of it was through the Eurasia Tunnel.

The number of vehicles on the main routes was the same in April and May

When the vehicle transitions in the main arteries were analyzed, the average number of hourly passes between May 11-15 decreased 37,1 percent compared to April, but fell to the level of April between May 25-29.

Traffic density index was 13 in May

In May, the traffic density index decreased by 19 percent compared to the traffic density index before Covid-58, and was measured as an average of 13. The index, which was 30 in February, 21 in March (19 before Covid-31 and 19 after Covid-16), became 10 in April and 13 in May, due to the curfews in April.

Traffic density index became 18.00 at 43

The index value, which was measured at 18.00 at the highest intensity, was 19 before Covid-66, while it was measured as an average of 43 in May.

Average speed of vehicles decreased by 6 percent

The average speed of the vehicles decreased by 3 percent in the morning, noon and evening peak hours in the main road network, which is 110 thousand 6 kilometers long, where studies are conducted. A drop of 0,4 percent was observed in the average weekdays.

Average speeds on the road network, which increased with the holidays, dropped with the start of the normalization process in May. However, speed values ​​were still above the average in early March.

The average speed of the weekday morning peak hour observed at the beginning of March as 54 km / hour was calculated as 67 km / hour on weekdays without curfew in May. Similarly, it was observed that the average speed of the peak hour on weekdays increased from 46 km / h to 55 km / h.

Time spent in traffic on weekdays improved by 15 percent

From the beginning of March (between Bayrampaşa and Kozyatağı), the average time of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge at the peak hour on weekdays is from 72 minutes to 28 minutes, and on the 15 July Bridge (Halıcıoğlu - Kadıköy) fell from an average of 62 minutes to 30 minutes. Overall, the average daily traffic in the week over the routes under review improved compared to the beginning of March, compared to the rate in April, improving by 15 percent.

In the Bulletin, which was prepared using the data of the Public Transportation Services Directorate, BELBİM and İBB Transportation Management Center, speed and duration studies were carried out by using the sensors on the main routes.

You can reach Istanbul Transport Bulletin on June 2020 at



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