My experience was the same, though I was only there for a few days.
I remember the "PIDs" for the funicular up to Taksim Square even counted down by the second.
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I just got back from several months in Istanbul, Turkey. While there, I didn't have a car and depended on mass transit for pretty much every move.Other items:
Let me start by saying Istanbul puts DC to shame. I never, ever ever was offloaded there, and I was a heavy user of the buses, subway, streetcar and even ferries.
Furthermore, it seemed almost magical. When I needed to take a subway to a bus, the bus was there. When I needed to take a streetcar from the subway, the streetcar was there.
And in Istanbul, they even have ferries mixed into the picture. Yeah, they go on a schedule, too. Amazing how a schedule helps riders.
Mind you, I'm talking rush hour, late night, Saturday, anytime.
To paraphrase Steve Jobs, it just worked.
Fares are just over a buck, though on some transfers you do have to pay again.
That was my first experience with a mass transit system outside of DC, and it really opened my eyes. Metro is really not a good value at all, not to mention how shaky the service is.
The U.S. ranks first in nominal GDP while Turkey ranks 17, behind Mexico.
26 rail cracks this year (Examiner)