With a track length of 811km, the railroad which connects the three cities is the most traveled route in Iran. An estimated 3.2 million people used the Khorasan Razavi railroad in the first quarter of the current fiscal that started in March, up 22% year-on-year.
Last year 24.5 million people travelled by train across the country with half the number using railroads to and from Khorasan Razavi Province, Financial Tribune reported.
There are 12,500 kilometers of railroads in Iran, 1,500km (or 12%) of which are in Khorasan Razavi Province. Mashhad, the provincial capital, is home to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PUBH), the eighth Imam of Shias and the second most populous city in Iran. The metropolis annually hosts close to 25 million Iranian and foreign pilgrims and tourists.