Mashhad Urban Railway

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Mashhad Urban Railway
Mashhad Metro 3.jpg
Overview
Native name قطار شهری مشهد
Owner Mashhad Municpilality
Locale Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 1
(1 under construction,
2 others planned)
Number of stations 22
Daily ridership 100,000[citation needed]
Website Mashhad Urban Railway Co.
Operation
Began operation 12 March 2011
Operator(s) Mashhad Urban Railways Org.
Headway 4 minutes[1]
Technical
System length 19 km (11.8 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map

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The Mashhad Urban Railway (Persian: قطار شهری مشهد‎, the literal translation of the name from Persian, but the same one the operating company uses) is a rapid transit urban rail line in Mashhad, Iran. It is the second rapid transit system in Iran.[2] The project has been known by a number of terms, including "light rail", "urban rail", and "metro",[3][4] though the system's full grade-separation from traffic and four minute headway as of September 2013[1] fully qualify it as a rapid transit or "metro" system. The Mashhad Urban Railway operates its single line from 6:30 to 21:30 daily.[1] A second line is currently under construction.

Construction began in 1999,[5] with the inauguration of Line 1 taking place on 24 April 2011.[4]

Network[edit]

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Initially, a 19 kilometres (12 mi), 22 station Line 1 was built – it opened for service on 24 April 2011.[4] Line 1 runs between Nakhrisi in the east and Vakilabad in the southwest, with travel time of 30 min. Approximately half the route are in tunnels and underground stations, other part is on ground.

A further Line 2 will be a conventional heavy metro, running north-south for 14 km between Koohsangi and Tabarsi with 12 stations and is currently under construction by two tunnel boring machines.

At least one additional line is in the planning stages.[5][6]

Rolling stock[edit]

A fleet of 70 low-floor LRVs was ordered from Chinese Changchun Railway Vehicles.[7] These mark the first time that light rail vehicles have been exported to a customer outside China.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "جابه‌جایی حدود 51 میلیون مسافر توسط خط یک قطار شهری مشهد" [Handling about 51 million passengers a metro rail line Mashhad] (in Persian). Mashhad Urban & SubUrban Railway Operation Company. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Toos Gostar". Imam Reza (A.S.) Network. Retrieved 2010-11-28. Rail 
  3. ^ "IRAN: MASHHAD METRO PROJECT MOVES AHEAD.". Goliath Business News. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "Mashhad metro starts running". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  5. ^ a b "UrbanRail.Net > Asia > Iran > Mashhad Metro". UrbanRail.net. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Mashad Light Rail". Subways.net. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Railway Gazette: First LRVs shipped to Mashhad". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  8. ^ "China's first official shipment export light rail vehicles". China Daily. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mashhad Metro at Wikimedia Commons