Rome's Metro C station at S. Giovanni is due to open on Saturday 12 May according to the city's mayor Virginia Raggi.
The ultra-modern station, which was initially due to open last autumn, is seen as crucial to the capital’s overall underground network as it will connect the driverless Metro C line with Metro A and the central Termini station.
S. Giovanni will become the 22nd station on the C line which runs from Pantono to Lodi. The city says it will establish a new bus service connecting S. Giovanni with the Metro B station at Piramide and its nearby Ostiense train station.
The city has also clarified that its objective is to continue the Metro C to its proposed terminus at Clodio/Mazzini in the Prati district, with plans to create "at least one" station between Piazza Venezia and S. Pietro. The are two options identified for the intervening stations: either "Chiesa Nuova" and "Argentina", or just one: "Navona".
Two Metro C stops between S. Giovanni - Amba Aradam and Fori Imperiali - and Via dei Fori Imperiali are currently under construction.
Metro C has been beset with difficulties since it began in 1990, from massive funding overspends to lengthy delays and abandonment of planned stations caused by the discovery of archaeological remains underground.
For more details about the future of the project see the city website.
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