The Turkish transport operator Istanbul Elektrik Tramvay ve Tünel Isletmeleri (IETT) and Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH have once again signed an agreement for the delivery of 100 Mercedes-Benz CapaCity buses for the city of Istanbul. IETT had already ordered the first 50 CapaCity urban buses in mid-2007, and another 100 buses followed in 2008. With the vehicles which have now been ordered the fleet will be expanded in 2009 to 250 Mercedes-Benz CapaCity vehicles operating in the BRT system. An additional 500 Mercedes-Benz Citaro and Citaro articulated buses are being used in city transport in Istanbul, which straddles the Bosporus.
The Mercedes-Benz CapaCity large-capacity bus produced in Mannheim runs on its own specially built track from the Avcilar district in the city centre of Istanbul. The BRT concept which was launched in 2007 has been so well accepted by the passengers that the line, which was originally planned for 17 kilometres, has now been expanded to 29 kilometres. The use of Mercedes-Benz CapaCity buses has significantly shortened the daily travel time for many passengers and resulted in a noticeable decrease in city traffic. The journey, which previously required 1.5 hours, has been reduced to 40 minutes. Today the BRT system transports 530,000 people daily, which means 70,000 to 80,000 fewer individuals driving in the congested traffic of the Turkish metropolis. That is why the BRT line is currently being expanded beyond the Bosporus to the Asian side of the city.