Mashhad Urban Railway
|Native name||قطار شهری مشهد|
|Locale||Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||5
(1 operational, 2 under construction,
1 other planned)
|Number of stations||24|
|Daily ridership||130,000 (August 2015)|
|Website||Mashhad Urban Railway Corp
Mashhad Urban Railway Operation Co
|Began operation||12 March 2011|
|Operator(s)||Mashhad Urban Railways Org.|
|System length||24 km (14.9 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Mashhad Urban Railway (Persian: قطار شهری مشهد, the literal translation of the name from Persian) is a rapid transit urban rail line in Mashhad, Iran. It is the second rapid transit system in Iran. The project has been known by a number of terms, including "light rail", "light metro", "urban rail", and "metro", though the system's full grade-separation from traffic and five-minute headway fully qualify it as a rapid transit or "metro" system. The Mashhad Urban Railway operates its single line from 6:30 to 22:00 daily. Construction of second line which is a metro line is ongoing. Limited Operation of the first phase of line 2 with 8 kilometers and 6 stations(Skipping 1 station) has just began in Feb 2017.
The 19.5 kilometres (12.1 mi), 22 station Line 1 was the first line to be built – it opened for service on 24 April 2011. Line 1 runs between Nakhrisi in the east and Vakilabad in the southwest, with travel time of 41 min. Approximately half the route is in underground - the rest is at ground level.
Line 1 Expansion
Expansion of Line 1 added 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) of underground railroads and 2 stations (Reyhane and HashemiNezhadAirport), connecting Mashhad International Airport to the Mashhad Urban Railway. Line 1 reached a total of 24 stations (13 underground, 11 on-ground) with 24 kilometres (15 mi) of track (15.5 kilometres (9.6 mi) in tunnels, 8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi) on-ground), and a ridership capacity of 170,000 passengers per day, along with daily operation between 6 AM and 10 PM. Also making Mashhad the first city in Iran to have a Metro system connected to an Airport.
A further Line 2 will be a conventional heavy metro, running north-south for 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) km between Koohsangi and Tabarsi with 13 stations, Excavation was done by two tunnel boring machines. From Feb 2017 limited Operation of the first phase of line 2 with 8 kilometers and 7 stations(skipping 1 station) has began from 6 PM to 1 AM.
At least two additional lines are planned. Line 4 with 17.5 kilometers length has been approved and first phase study is under progress. a monorail ring belt around the city with 46 kilometers length is under study.
A fleet of 100 Metro trains has been ordered to CNR. 85 of them will be assembled in Iran By TWM.
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