On 9 November the first section of Rome’s line C, from Montecompatri Pantano to Parco di Centocelle, was opened to passenger service.
Line C is the first fully automated line in the city and the third metro line in Rome. The section opened has a length of 12.5 km including 15 stations. The section to Piazza Lodi is expected to open by 2015.
Line frequency will be twelve minutes to start and six minutes once the route to Piazza Lodi opens. The schedule will be from 5:30 to 18:30 and has been designed to accommodate the commissioning of the whole section Lodi – Montecompatri Pantano and the maintenance on the section in operation. After this phase the service will be extended to 23:30 like for the other lines in the city.
Works on the different sections of Line C are planned according to the following schedule:
- 09/11/2014: First section between Monte Compatri-Pantano and Parco di Centocelle – in operation
- 2015: Second section between Parco di Centocelle and Piazza Lodi – currently under construction
- Mid-2016: Third section between Piazza Lodi and San Giovanni (connection with line A) – currently under construction
- 2020: Fourth section between San Giovanni and Fori imperiali Colosseo (connection with line B)- currently under construction
- Later: Extension to Piazza Venezia and, subsequently, to Ottaviano, second connection with line A
Once completed, the line will be 25.5 km long (17.6 km underground) and will have 30 stations. It will be served by 30 AnsaldoBreda trains.
Line C is the fourth automated line in the Italy after lines in Turin, Milan and Brescia. It is the first automated heavy metro. With these lines, Italy has become one of the countries with the most UTO lines in the world.
Read more: ATAC press release (in Italian)