The Literature of the History of the Public Transportation in Istanbul

It is possible to speak of modern and institutionalized public transportation services in Istanbul from the second half of the XIXth century onwards. During this period, the initiation of regular steamboat voyages in the city, as well as the construction of rail transportation systems such as the tram and the tunnel (Karaköy-Beyoğlu) constitute the milestones of the development of public transportation system in the city. The establishment of public transportation systems constitutes one of the main determinants that shaped the growth of Istanbul. Therefore, it will not be an exaggeration to state that the research on the history of public transportation in the city of Istanbul occupies an extremely important place within the context of urban historiography on Istanbul. Recent years have witnessed an increase in relevant publications. However, it is difficult to say that sufficient amount of work has been established. Therefore, scholarly work on the topic should be supported by relevant institutions at the stage of both research and publication.


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