Ekrem Imamoglu, Istanbul’s new mayor from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has announced that main metro and bus lines in the city will begin running 24-hour services as of August 30, T24 news portal reported on Wednesday.
One of Imamoglu’s electoral campaign promises was the 24-hour transportation in Istanbul before his narrow victory in the March 31 local election.
Imamoglu won the mayoral seat with a landslide victory in the June 23 re-run, which came after the ruling AK Party (AKP) appealed against the March results claiming voting irregularities.
“Our stance is clear. We are going to provide 24-hour transport. Night workers and young people want it,” he said on March 21.
“The people of Istanbul have long demanded 24-hour public transport. Twenty-four-hour services will begin on the most important metro and bus routes in the city on the August 30 Victory Day,” the mayor on Wednesday said in a tweet.
İstanbullu hemşehrilerim uzun zamandır 24 saat toplu ulaşım talebinde bulunuyor. İstanbul’da en önemli hatlarda 24 saat metro ve otobüs seferleri 30 Ağustos Zafer Bayramı ile başlayacak. Yarın kamuoyuna ayrıntılı açıklama yapacağım. pic.twitter.com/2sGCMRNNEb
— Ekrem İmamoğlu (@ekrem_imamoglu) August 28, 2019
Victory Day, also known as the Armed Forces Day, is celebrated annually on August 30 in Turkey to commemorate the victory in the 1922 Battle of Dumlupinar in the Turkish War of Independence.