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It's a common sight in the traffic-clogged streets of Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents.

A taxi driver, enraged by perpetually gridlocked traffic, stepping out of his car and yelling "Maniac!" at the man driving the public bus behind him.

For decades Istanbul has been growing at a breakneck speed; its population exceeding -- by some estimates -- 15 million people. Too bad traffic often moves at a snail's pace.

Most residents are quick to tell visitors the city's transport system is overwhelmed.

"Istanbul is a dynamically changing city, every year increasing in population," says Zeynep Buket, an engineer working with Turkey's transportation ministry. "We are in need of radical systems, and this radical system is a mass transit system." Read full article »

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