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Old April 7th, 2006, 07:05 PM   #1
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[Esfahan] Metro

SOURCE: http://www.esfahanmetro.org/

History & Info on the project

Esfahan is the centre of communications for region, the market town of the market region and a chief centre of attraction in central Iran.

It is built around many beautiful mosques, palaces, avenues, bridges and parks and any new development in the city must be conscious of the need to retain its fine urban form.

According to the statistic report in 1998 the population of Esfahan province has been 4,370,000 which half of this population is concentrated in cities. 32% of the population is under 16 years old, 62% are between 15 and 64 years old and only 6% are over 64 years old, it is obvious that population of Esfahan is young and in 10 years from now it is going to need more city services.

In the city the growth of the car population has led to ever increasing pollution and congestion. In order to alleviate the worsening traffic conditions, especially on the important regional routes, the Esfahan Regional Metro Company (ERMC), later it was converted to Esfahan Urban Railway Organization (EURO), was formed with the task of investigating a suitable mass transit system in Esfahan city and the region.

International consultants (SOFRETU) were engaged in 1992 to carry out a prefeasibility study and presented their report in 1995.

In 1996 PPK environment & infrastructure of Sydney Australia were contracted to carry out a full feasibility study for the implementation of a mass rapid transit system for Esfahan and the region, and the preliminary design of a priority line in the city of Esfahan and one in the region.

The consultants began work in 1996 and Interim Report was presented in July 1997 setting out the results of the feasibility analysis and giving recommendations for the mode and alignments for the priority lines and future network. This report was accepted in august 1997.

Following additional survey and geological investigations carried out by ERMC preliminary design of the priority lines was started in Feb. 1998 and design and final economic and financial analysis completed in Sep. 1998. The Draft Final report for the study was then given to ERMC for circulation and this final report incorporates comments and suggestions made on the Draft Report.


Routes:

The total Esfahan LRT network is devided into 5 lines:



a) North-South A line

The North-South A line alignment was designed through the city from a proposed terminal and depot site near the existing Kaveh intercity bus terminal to the Soffeh intercity bus terminal. Generally it follows the wide Boulevarde of Chahrbagh. Near the Zayandeh Rud river the tunnel diverts to pass under the river some 70 metres west of the historic Si-O-Se-Pol bridge. The total length of this line is 12.5 kilometres, with 12.0 kilometres underground. There are 15 stations, all of them underground. This line is the city priority line which 3 km of it is under construction .

b) North-South B line

The North-South B line alignment was designed from Kaveh intercity bus terminal towards Shahinshahr in north. The length of the line is 21.9 kilometres. The studies are not complete at this time yet.

c) North-South C line

The North-South C line alignment was designed from Soffeh intercity bus terminal towards Baharestan in South. The total line is on the surface and the length is 16 kilometres. The studies are not complete at this time yet.



d) South-West line

The South-West line starts at an underground station interchange with the North-South A line south of the river at Azadi Spuare. It immediately raises to surface and then is elevated above and along the wide median of he arteraial road leading from the square to the south western outskirts of the city. The route then diverts from the southern highway traversing overland at to cross, by bridge , the zayadeh Rud immediately east of Dorcheh. The route then rises on structure skirting to the north and to west of Dorcheh where, at ground level, it joints and parallels and existing water main easement. The proposed alignment then follows the easement to west of Falavarjan and skirts along the eastern boundary of Pooladshahr. From Pooladshahr the route rejoints the highway then climbs and crosses the Gave Peeseh Pass dropping down to its first stage terminal adjucent to and immediately to west of Zobahan Steelworks. Then this line continues to Zarinshahr. The total length of the line is 43 kilometres, with 0.7 kilometres underground and 9.6 kilometres elevated on structure. There are 13 stations including 1 underground and 6 elevated. This line is the regional priority line. The studies are not complete at this time yet.

e) East-West line

The East-West line alignment was designed from Zeynabieh in east to Khomeinishahr in west. The length of the line is 20 kilometres. The studies are not complete at this time yet.

Priority Lines

The priority line for the city recommended as a result of the feasibility studies is the North-South a line from Kaveh terminal to Soffeh terminal.

The transport capacity of this line is estimated to be 19000 passengers per hour per direction (in year 2011).

The City Priority Line Map


And the priority regional line recommended in the feasibility studies is LRT along the South-West line from Azadi Square to Majlesi. This, in conjunction with the North-South city line, showed the best comparative economic rate of return of all city and regional options studied. The transport capacity of this line is estimated to be 12000 passengers per hour per direction (in year 2011).

The City Regional Line Map
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Old April 7th, 2006, 07:06 PM   #2
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Goals of the Project:



The completion of the Esfahan mass transit system will bring many benefits to the city.
These benefits include:

* Ease of travel,

* Improved access to work, shopping, recreation and social facilities.

* Shorter travel times,

* Cheaper travel for travelers who move from car or taxi and environmental benefits.

Overall there will be an increase in travel speed for remaining road traffic in the centre of the city of 2.5 kilometers per hour. While this does not seem large for an individual vehicle the overall saving for all travelers is significant. Time saving by LRT will be of the order of 50% of existing on-street travel times.

By removing some of the existing travelers and potential travelers from city street transport there will an improvement in environment and social conditions. There will be a decrease in air pollution, especially in SO2, CO and suspended particles.

Other social benefits as a result of the mass transit system will be:

* Good direct connections from residential areas to work and shopping areas.

* Improved access to sporty and recreational facilities.

* Development of convenience shops at stations, especially in areas where there are lacking.

* Increased accessibility leading to further development of regional residential areas where this is consistent with regional planning.

* Access to transport for those who have difficulties in using private transport because of affordability, age or preference.

* Affordable access to city centre for use of social infrastructure for residence of satellite cities and other rural areas allowing more effective use of this infrastructure.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 07:12 PM   #3
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Old April 7th, 2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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Good project, It has been under construction fo quite a while though, I wonder when the first line will be ready.

I hope they dig a tunnel under the river, a bridge would destroy the cityscape completley.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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*wrong title*l


Evidence indicates that by continuing the
project of subway construction under
Chahar-Bagh Street, water from Zayandeh
Rud River would flood under the city.


Tehran, 6 July 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- Latest geological studies in the city of Isfahan show that since Chahar-Bagh Street is located on a bed of stone, creating any hole in it for constructing the city subway will result in some cracks appearing in the foundation of the city’s major constructions and ultimately putting Isfahan at risk as the water from Zayandeh Rud River will flow under the city.

This news was announced by Mohammad Ali Tabarsa, an expert from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) who is in charge of following the case of Chahar-Bagh in the city of Isfahan.

Tabarsa believes that when Sio-Se-Pol and Khajoo, two bridges expanding over Zayandeh Rud River in Isfahan, were constructed during the Safavid Period (226-651 AD), their constructors took the matter into account and caulked the nearby grounds to prevent the leaking of water into or under the ground.

On the other hand, experts of the city subway believe that the soil which covers the surface layer of Chahar-Bagh Street is quite sandy, which will result in sinking of the earth due to digging a tunnel under it.

Last week the, collapse of the ceiling of the tunnel in Isfahan killed a subway worker who was working there at the time. Pointing out to the possibility of repetition of such events in the future, Tabarsa believes that the authorities of Isfahan’s subway system should take all the possible threats into account.

“The authorities of Isfahan’s subway system are trying to get a certificate for constructing the subway under the Chahar-Bagh Street in Isfahan; but the question is have they ever thought of the consequences if the ceiling of the tunnel is to collapse again during the construction process? They should take this important matter into account that they are responsible for all the humanistic and historical disasters this project is likely to bring with itself,” said Tabarsa.

Having many historical sites, cultural heritage experts are very much concerned about the negative consequences the metro project may have, as it is almost evident that it could cause damages to some historical sites of the city of Isfahan including the Safavid stone water fountains in Chahar Bagh Street. “The water fountains belonging to the Safavid period have remained intact after so many years and can be revived. However, the passing of subway under Chahar-Bagh may lead to destruction of these fountains,” said Mohsen Javeri, head of Archeology Office of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Isfahan province.

While the authorities of Isfahan subway project claim that this subway will pass at a depth of18 meters from the ground and will cause no harm to the historical sites, Javeri says that the severe shakes caused by passing of metro will have negative impacts on historical monuments which exist in the area.

According to cultural heritage experts, one of the other historical sites in the city of Isfahan which will be threatened by construction of subway under the Chahar-Bagh Street is Chahar-Bagh school which enjoys one of the unique architectural styles of the Safavid period.

None of these problems would have ever happened had the project of subway construction been studied more carefully before starting of the project.

During the period of the former governor of Isfahan province, the issue of passing the subway beneath the Chahar-Bagh was resolved. However, the new governor of Isfahan has supported the continuation of subway construction under this street. Unfortunately, the project has been approved by the governor office of Isfahan province and it has been submitted to Iran’s Ministry of Interior and Iran’s High Council for Traffic Coordination. While according to this Council, the final path of the subway should be determined and approved by Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), this organization has not yet announced its agreement with this project.

Cultural heritage experts believe that the only way to save the historical sites of Isfahan is to change the direction of the subway route. “If people of Isfahan are interested in protecting the historical identity of their city, I believe they would have no problem to spend an extra 10 minutes in the subway, if its path is to be changed,” said Mohammad Reza Beheshti, former president of ICHTO.

The historical city of Isfahan was the capital of Iran during the Safavid era. Having a large number of historical sites, it is considered one of the most attractive tourism destinations in Iran. Chahar-Bagh Street is a historical street in this city, constructed also during the Safavid period.

SOURCE: http://www.mehrnews.com/en
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Old July 8th, 2006, 11:28 AM   #6
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They better not damage any historical sites
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Old July 8th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #7
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Lol I think u used the wrong title.
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Fantastic project. This looks like its going to be top quality.
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 01:21 AM   #9
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I hope they'll top the Tehran metro and make the stations in Esfahan grand enough to befit the Blue Dome.
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 11:41 PM   #10
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I hope that it will be quite grand too

With a city like Esfahan thats basicly a huge museum the metro should be quite nice... especially when you look at Tehrans lol
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actually, they are thinking of stopping the construction, because if it continues, a lot of isfahans historical sectors will be damaged or destroyed.

its the problem that all ancient cities have, when modernisation clashes with the old. its sad, but who knows what the write step is... maybe a mono rail line instead of a subway?
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Old August 7th, 2006, 06:02 AM   #12
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Isfahan's new metro route approved

LONDON, July 31 (IranMania) - Executor of Isfahan urban railway construction project has said that following consultations with experts, Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) has given its consent to the ratification passed by the provincial Traffic Council on rerouting the metro line which is under construction in the city.

The English-language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Abdolhossein Seifollahi as saying that in meetings attended by the interior minister, head of ICHHTO and officials of the relevant institutes, the plan to reroute the metro line passing Chahar Bagh and /or Goldasteh Street was reviewed and one of the options was approved.

"The minutes of the meeting have now been compiled and we are now awaiting an official notification on the issue," he said.

Noting that no decision can be taken until the minutes are officially notified, Seifollahi added that he agrees with the Chahar Bagh route since Goldasteh Street is situated in the middle of the city's ancient texture, which includes Khargah Garden, Hasht-Behesht Palace and Chehelsotoun.

The organization has also studied the Chahar Bagh route for metro in consultation with foreign experts.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 09:32 AM   #13
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Wow! thats good news.

Keep rocking Iran.

Is there any other city in Iran which has a metro u/c or in pipeline(except tehran offcourse)?
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Shiraz and Mashad also have a metro u/c
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Karaj, Tabriz and Ahvaz approved.
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Old January 11th, 2007, 09:02 PM   #16
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Esfehan Subway Route Restricted


An official said on Wednesday cultural heritage experts have said Isfahan’s Metro should not pass from beneath the Chaharbagh-Abbasi area.

Saeed Baktash, the head of Isfahan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, also told ISNA that experts believe the passage of Isfahan’s Metro from Chaharbagh is out of the question and that is final. “Many transport, traffic, architecture, archeology, social and technical experts have suggested that the passage of Metro from below Chaharbagh to connect Darvazeh Dolat to Si-o-Se Pol Bridge is not possible,“ he said.

Other routes have been recommended to Isfahan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Baktash said cultural heritage issues should be prioritized over economic ones.

“All prevailing concerns have been accounted for and the Metro’s passage from the other side of Si-o-Se Pol can take place,“ he said. "However, this should be done under the supervision of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization,“.

Commenting on the changes made to Jahan-Nama Tower, Baktash said that the dismantling of two other floors of Jahan-Nama after receiving the necessary permission from Isfahan City Council and Isfahan Municipality has begun and will be completed by February 1.

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WOWWOOW i like the design of that station or terminal or whatvere they call it

fantastic Update dadash

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Just amazing!!

Hey Shugs, great update dude!!!
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WOWWOOW i like the design of that station or terminal or whatvere they call it

fantastic Update dadash

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Yeah, I agree that looks great. Can't believe i didnt notice it until now lol.
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