Tehran metro to soon face car short­ages

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — Although cur­rently some

121 trains are run­ning in the cap­i­tal’s sub­way sys­tem, it will soon face lack of cars with in­au­gu­ra­tion of new lines be­ing un­der con­struc­tion, head of con­struc­tion and trans­porta­tion com­mis­sion of Tehran City Coun­cil has said.

Cur­rently, the to­tal num­ber of op­er­a­tional trains serv­ing the pas­sen­gers is 106 trains and 15 trains are run­ning on the sub­way line 5 link­ing western Tehran to Karaj, Al­borz prov­ince, so the city’s sub­way sys­tem com­prises

121 trains, Mehr news agency quoted Mo­ham­mad Ali Krouni as say­ing on Mon­day.

Re­fer­ring to trains left out of ser­vice due to lack of equip­ment or proper fa­cil­i­ties for main­te­nance, he lamented that the main prob­lem which kept these trains from get­ting back to sub­way rid­er­ship is the lack of bud­get.

15 trains which used to be op­er­a­tional in lines 1 to 4 are out of or­der and also 25 non-func­tional cars and 11 bro­ken lo­co­mo­tives are on Line 5, which have been out of ser­vice due to lack of equip­ment or in­ci­dents, he fur­ther ex­plained, adding that the av­er­age cost of re­pair­ing the afore­said trains is about $50 bil­lion ri­als (nearly $1.2 mil­lion).

He went on to say that a bud­get of 750 bil­lion ri­als (about $18 mil­lion) is re­quired to de­velop the sub­way fleet.

“If sub­way lines 6 and 7, which con­nects the north­west­ern Tehran to the south­east­ern parts, are ex­ploited, we will face a short­age of cars, which is al­ready a prob­lem,” he added.

The es­ca­la­tors of some sub­way sta­tions are not func­tion­ing any­more, and the bud­get does not suf­fice the costs, so that newly or­dered trains must be re­leased from the cus­toms to sup­port pub­lic trans­porta­tion fleet, he con­cluded.

Tehran sub­way sys­tem con­sists of five op­er­a­tional lines, stretch­ing to 170 kilo­me­ters, and two lines of 6 and 7 are un­der con­struc­tion. The lines link south to north, east to west and are grad­u­ally cov­er­ing more neigh­bor­hoods. By com­plet­ing the two afore­men­tioned lines 70 kilo­me­ters will be added to the cur­rent rail­ways.

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