Mashhad Urban Railway
|Native name||قطار شهری مشهد|
|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|
|Website||Mashhad Urban Railway Co
|Began operation||12 March 2011|
|Operator(s)||Mashhad Urban Railways Org.|
|System length||19 km (11.8 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", "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.
Initially, a 19 kilometres (12 mi), 22 station Line 1 was 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 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.
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