0506 GMT July 17, 2019
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf announced this during a three-day visit to the Hungarian capital, Budapest. He arrived in Hungary on Wednesday to inaugurate Tehran-Budapest Sisterhood Commission.
Budapest Mayor István Tarlós visited the Iranian capital early May during which Tehran and Budapest were declared sister cities.
Qalibaf visited LRT lines in the Hungarian capital and was briefed on the latest developments in urban transportation in the city.
He said the expansion of urban rail system can help allay concerns about public transport in Tehran.
"Global studies show that the urban rail systems, particularly LRT, can facilitate transportation and help protect the environment since they use clean energy," he said.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) carries passengers in modern, electricity-powered vehicles operated by drivers. LRT enables passengers with wheelchairs, strollers or shopping cars to easily get on. It operates in its own lane, which is usually in the center of the street and separated from car traffic except at intersections.
Qalibaf said LRT can be used in areas in downtown Tehran, which are among tourist attractions.
He hoped that the first LRT line will become operational in the Iranian capital by March 2017 once necessary funds are secured.
The top municipal official said Tehran Municipality will share the experiences of Hungary's urban transportation department to establish LRT lines.
Light Rail Transit is growing in popularity around the world. It can carry large numbers of passengers and operate at high speeds while providing a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. Some US cities use this kind of transportation system. A number of Canadian cities are also conducting studies on LRT lines.
Tehran Municipality officially launched Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in 2008 to facilitate traffic in the overcrowded city. BRT network, whose total length is about 150 kilometers, plays a major role in commuting in Tehran. It carries over one million people a day.
The first underground train network was also opened in Tehran in March 1999. Tehran metro is currently one of the busiest in the Middle East. About 2.5 million Tehranis use underground trains daily.
Qalibaf has been Tehran's mayor since 2005.