Mashhad Metro is a light rail system operating in the holy city of Mashhad, in the Razavi Khorasan province of Iran. Operated by Mashhad Urban Railway, the project is also referred to as Mashhad Light Rail and Mashhad Urban Rail.
The city of Mashhad is spread over an area of 270km² and has a population of 5.2 million. Comprehensive studies for the construction of a new urban railway line were conducted during 1994-1999 and 2002-2004, highlighting the requirement for four new urban rail lines in Mashhad.
Construction of Line 1 commenced in 2000, while in 2004 plans for a 4.7km north extension of the line was announced. Trail runs on Line 1 began in January 2011, limited revenue services began in April 2011 and the line was formally opened to passengers in October 2011.
Once fully operational, Line 1 will carry 17,000 passengers an hour in each direction.
Mashhad Urban Railway routes
The 19km-long Line 1 runs from Nakhrisi in the east to the Vakilabad in the southwest. Around half of the route encompasses an underground section. Line 1 includes 22 stations, of which 11 are underground. The 4.7km north extension of Line 1 runs from Nakhrisi to the Mashhad International Airport.
Line 2, extending from Koohsangi to Tabarsi, will be a heavy metro and include 12 underground stations. The metro line will run under street level in a tunnel extending in a northeast – southwest direction. Total length of Line 2 is approximately 14.3km, of which 14km is underground. Line 2 will provide connections to the existing metro Line 1 and future Line 3 and Line 4, as well as the national railway line of Iran. More info