Tehran ranks no.3 in world metro transport
Mehr News
26-Jan-2011 (5 comments)

The Iranian capital Tehran was named the third best city in the world in terms of its transport system at the Sustainable Transport Award ceremony, which has held in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Guangzhou, the capital of south China’s Guangdong Province, won the award for the world’s best transport system. Leon in Mexico, Nantes in France, and Lima in Peru ranked second, fourth, and fifth respectively.

The Tehran transport system includes wide tree-lined bicycle lanes as well as a high-quality bus network which links with the city’s rail network, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

The ITDP is an international nonprofit organization that assists cities to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the quality of urban life.

Tehran City Councilman Alireza Dabir was Iran’s representative at the ceremony.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf also addressed the conference through a video link.
“Today, in the metropolis of Tehran, despite all the obstacles and limitations, the development of the metro network, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, and bus lines has been realized,” Qalibaf stated.He also said Iran is ready to share its experiences in the area of transport with other countries.


Tehran's public transport third best in the world

by Shutruk on

This news must be painful for the self-hating, anti-IRI crowd who want everything in Iran to be an abject failure. The fact is that living standards and the quality of life in Iran are continuing to rise and the country is on course for a much more prosperous future. There will be many problems along the way, but they will be resolved in time. Credit must go the mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who is not receiving enough support from the central government because of his political rivalry with Ahmadinejad.


No Fear

Corrupt to the core.

by No Fear on

Recently the minister of finance said the biggest borrower from Iranian banks is the Tehran Metro which has failed to make any payments on 700 million dollars debt owing to Iranian banks. Tehran Metro's progress has not been due to efficient management. Instead it has been due to excessive spendings of government's funds along with borrowing from the banks irresponsibly. Interestingly, Tehran Metro is not accountable to any government organs, even the minister of transportation has no say on how the money is spent or how its been managed. It acts completely independent of the government but it expects funds from the government to expand.
Ahmadinejad has every right to ask for their financial books if they want more funds from the government. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly complained about Metro's finances and has said with the amount of money that has been spent on our metro up to now, we could have bought the most luxurious system from abroad.
Corruption in Tehran Metro is well known to inner circles in Iran. Many of the contracting companies who are involved in building metro tunnels are close to Hashemi Rafsanjani who is Ahmadinejad political rival. Rafsanjani's son, Mehdi Hashemi holds the highest position in tehran metro co. His position was not appointed by the government nor it was elected. It was given by a city council who were all Rafsanjan's allies.



by yolanda on

I am glad to hear that Tehran ranks #3 in the world for the transport system......but I don't understand why Iran ranks #1 in the world for death from traffic accidents:


420 got killed from traffic accdients during Nowruz:


Can they reduce the death from traffic accidents also? otherwise, the death toll from traffic accidents overshadows and eclipses their accomplishment in tranport system!


wide tree-lined bicycle lane

by MRX1 on

Who would want to ride bicycle in poluted streets of Tehran?Third best in the world, I doubt it but arezo bar javanan eyb nist.



by Ayatoilet on

The fact is that Tehran's underground public transportation was planned and started before the Islamic revolution of death. Iran hater and butcher Khomeini interrupted the work. Plans and blueprints for Tehran Metro were conceptualized ten times bigger than what you see today, and should have been operational two decades ago. What you see today is ONE TENTH of what was planned and what you see done today had its blue prints made in the early 1970s. Check the facts, do not be blinded by a prejudiced view of everything, simply check the facts. By the way, Tehran already had a bus system established in the 1920s. Even the so called "Imam Khomeini" airport which ended up being a disgrace worldwide, due to faulty tarmac construction and shortage of terminal lavatories, was planned 40 years ago and by the way, it is also only 10% of the size originally envisioned. Check the facts. An example of what IRI is capable of is operation of airlines, they should get first prize in unsafe airlines. How about the construction of a nuclear plant, that seems to be taking more time to build than the Egyptian pyramids. Iran hating IRI sold the Caspian Sea to the highest foreign bidder and its neighboring countries and now BP is making hundreds of billions of dollars per week from formerly Iranian Caspian territory and resources. It is futile to blab about opposition being "Iran Haters" it is not simple anymore to repeat lies to fool people, you folks have been established as fools and liars, you are the only Iran haters who live and you are in madly in an amorous relationship with a doctrine of lies, superstition and hate. Islamic republic of death is the real Iran hater; Genghiz and Alexander come as distant runner-ups. Islamic republic of death and hate is the undisputed champion in murder; check the facts.