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Life in Tehran: Catch the Metro Please!

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Tehran's crazy driving continues as always, and if I may add the extra new cars and slight increase in the temperature dose not help this. That is why I - don't laugh-, like thousands or may be millions more, try to use public services as often as I can. Sometimes it is faster than taking your car and finding a place to park it. I am a great fan of "mostaghim" (straight - going down/up the street) or "Kerayeh-taxi" which go a set route for a set price.

Last week I went downtown for a meeting at a big publishing house. I read my paper while I waited for nearly about 100 minutes for the person I had arranged to meet to come. I had been led to wait in this large and cool office which must have been furnished some 25 years ago, and I was severed a very nice tea by a very polite "abdarbash" (tea-server). As the good chief did not show up, I decided to leave, and I asked the guard there how I could get to Abbass-Abbad where I had to go. He politely told me that the best way would be the Metro which was just on the other side of their building.

I had been on the metro twice before, but mainly as a tourist. This time I was to be a real passenger. I had to go three large flights down, which reminded me of metros in Lisbon. The one way ticket has a fixed price for all destinations and costs 65 Tomans or about 8 Cents. The stations are still clean, although I cannot say the same for the stairs. But the best thing about it all was that it was so cool there! I would even be happy to pay and go down to the metro station just to skip the summer heat above, and come back up once I have cooled off!

It took 15 minutes to get from there to my destination which was great and it cost so little. Plus I did not have to suffer in the traffic and the heat. I strongly suggest that for those of you who have not had the experience give it a chance, specially if you want to go from north to Behshte-Zahra cemetery. The convenience might make you a regular customer. By the way according to a new decree the first two wagons are for ladies only, although they may use other wagons if they choose to. I know of a similar system operating in Tokyo Metro!

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