Mashhad Urban Railway
|Native name||قطار شهری مشهد|
|Locale||Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||1
(2 under construction,
2 others planned)
|Number of stations||24|
|Daily ridership||130,000 (August 2015)|
|Website||Mashhad Urban Railway Corp
Mashhad Urban and SubUrban 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, 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. 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 four-minute headway as of September 2013[update] 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. A second line is currently under construction.
The 19 kilometres (12 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 30 min. Approximately half the route is in underground - the rest is at ground level.
Line 1 Expansion
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.
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.
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