Iran launches longest subway line in ME


by PressTV

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Only sixteen years since the opening of its first subway station, Tehran’s underground railway network boasts the Middle East’s longest line.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf launched the second of a three-phase project to join the southwest of the the capital to its northeast.

Line 3 will be stretching 37 km long route starting from south-west in Islamshahr to Lashgarak in the north-east and crossing some of the busiest parts of the capital city. It will have 23 underground and eight at-grade stations.

Nearly 700 million dollars were spent to dig out three million cubic meters of soil for the standard gauge of 1,435mm. and to buy the electric locomotives and equip the stations.

In a bustling metropolis like Tehran buses cover virtually all the streets but since they are crowded and slow, most travelers end up using taxis. Now the expanding subway system is good news not just for those who wish to spend less time commuting but for environmentalists as well.

Tehran has one of the busiest subways in the Middle East and the cleanest in the world. Currently nearly 3.5 million passengers use the subway every day.