Iran adds 32 new passenger cars to commercial service

Starting this month, 32 new and renovated passenger rail cars will join Iran’s railway network, Managing Director of Raia Rail Transportation Company, Mohammad Rajabi, announced.

Raja Company is an associate of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and manages its passenger trains including international trains between Tehran and Istanbul (Turkey) and Tehran and Damascus (Syria).

Present at the inauguration of the rail cars, the Iranian Transport Minister, Abbas Akhoundi, said that over 2 trillion rials (approximately USD 534 million) investment has been made in the country’s rail sector over the past three years.

Saeid Mohammadzadeh, the managing director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI), said that the shares of railways in passenger and cargo transport are planned to rise to 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively, according to the country’s Sixth Five-Year National Development Plan (2016-2021).

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