Line 1 extended
TEHRAN Urban & Suburban Railway Co has opened the northern section of metro Line 1 in the Iranian capital. It runs 7 km from Darvazeh-Dolat to the suburb of Mirdamad, serving eight stations. The 8·5 km southern section, including the Line 2 interchange at Imam Khomeini, was inaugurated in August 2001 (RG 10.01 p657).
With 60 km of route and 26 stations opened since March 1999, TUSRC has now carried over 100 million passengers. Opening of the new section is expected to lift the daily ridership over 300000.
According to Deputy Managing Director, Planning, Jaefar Rabiee, the company's top priority is to complete the eastern half of Line 2 from Imam Khomeini to Dardasht and the southern extension of Line 1 from Ali Abad to Behesht Zara. The 10 km western extension of suburban Line 5 from Karaj to Mehrshar is due to open this year, and another extension to Hashtgerd is under discussion. Negotiations are underway for foreign firms to finance Lines 3 and 4, and plans are being drawn up for an extension of Line 1 to Imam Khomeini Intenational Airport.