Iran plans to launch rail transportation system for suburbs
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 11
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iranian transportation officials are planning to establish a new company within the country’s railways organization to enhance rail transportation in the suburbs.
Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Saeed Mohammadzadeh has said that the country’s six-year plan has tasked his organization to take measures aimed at launching a suburban railways company.
According to the public relations office of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, he made the remarks at the general assembly of the company.
Mohammadzadeh added that about two million people commute between the capital city of Tehran and its suburbs each day.
Saying that the railways in the current situation have a 2-percent share in passenger transportation between Tehran and its suburbs, he added the figure for the capital city must reach 20 percent.
He further called for luring foreign investment to develop the country’s railways system, saying his organization has already prepared several packages for investment.
Iranian transportation minister, Abbas Akhoundi, also earlier said that his ministry is planning to launch a suburban trains company within the current fiscal year (started March 20).
Speaking about plans to develop Iran’s railway system, he added that there are plans underway to link five provinces to the country’s railway system over the current year.
According to the minister, three provinces are also scheduled to be linked to the railway system over the next year.