Mashhad Urban Railway

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Mashhad Urban Railway
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Overview
Native name قطار شهری مشهد
Owner Mashhad Municpilality
Locale Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 1
(2 under construction,
2 others planned)[1]
Number of stations 24
Daily ridership 130,000 (August 2015)[2]
Website Mashhad Urban Railway Corp.
Mashhad Urban and SubUrban Railway Operation Co.
Operation
Began operation 12 March 2011
Operator(s) Mashhad Urban Railways Org.
Headway 4 minutes[3]
Technical
System length 24 km (14.9 mi)[4]
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.[5] The project has been known by a number of terms, including "light rail", "light metro", "urban rail", and "metro",[6][7][8] though the system's full grade-separation from traffic and four-minute headway as of September 2013[3] 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.[3] A second line is currently under construction.

Construction began in 1999,[9] with the inauguration of Line 1 taking place on 24 April 2011.[8]

Network[edit]

Pictogramme
Typical Station Sign in the System

Line 1[edit]

The 19 kilometres (12 mi), 22 station Line 1 was the first line to be built – it opened for service on 24 April 2011.[8] Line 1 runs between Nakhrisi in the east and Vakilabad in the southwest, with travel time of 30 min. Approximately half the route is in underground - the rest is at ground level.

Line 1 Expansion[edit]

Expansion of Line 1 will add 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) of underground railroads and 2 stations (Parvaz and Airport), connecting Mashhad International Airport to the Mashhad Urban Railway. Line 1 will reach 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.[10]

Line 2[edit]

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.

Further Development[edit]

Line 3's construction has begun[11] and at least two additional lines are being planned.[1][9][12]

Rolling stock[edit]

A fleet of 70 low-floor LRVs was ordered from Chinese Changchun Railway Vehicles.[13] These mark the first time that light rail vehicles have been exported to a customer outside China.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Iran Rail Transportation Corporation, Mashhad". http://irtco.ir/. Retrieved 2015-10-24.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Mashhad Urban Railway Ridership". http://farsnews.com/ (in Persian). Retrieved 2015-10-24.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ http://murco.ir/Default.aspx?tabid=936&language=en-US
  5. ^ "Toos Gostar". Imam Reza (A.S.) Network. Retrieved 2010-11-28. Rail 
  6. ^ "Mashhad metro starts running". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "IRAN: MASHHAD METRO PROJECT MOVES AHEAD.". Goliath Business News. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  8. ^ a b c "Mashhad metro starts running". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  9. ^ a b "UrbanRail.Net > Asia > Iran > Mashhad Metro". UrbanRail.net. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Mashhad Urban Railway Corporation, Line 1". http://murco.ir/. Retrieved 2015-10-24.  External link in |website= (help)
  11. ^ "Mashhad Urban Railway Corporation, Line 3". http://murco.ir/. Retrieved 2015-10-24.  External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ "Mashad Light Rail". Subways.net. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  13. ^ "Railway Gazette: First LRVs shipped to Mashhad". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  14. ^ "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