Rome Metro Line C

The Rome Metro - an underground public transportation system is the oldest network in Italy that operates in Rome. It was open for traffic in 1955. It consists of three lines – Line A, Line B and Line C – which operate on 60.0 km of route, serving 73 stations.

Line A (orange) runs from the southeastern suburbs of Rome, along the northeast section of downtown, and then to the northern section of the city. It was the second line built in Rome and opened for traffic in 1980.

Line B (blue) was the first Metro line in Rome. It connects the north-east of the city with the south-west. It was planned during the 1930s and after the Second World War, work restarted in 1948 and was officially opened on 9 February 1955. Modernisatin started first in 1990 and line B was extended from Termini to Rebibbia in the east of the city. B1 a new 4 km long branch was opened in 2012, connecting Piazza Bologna with Conca d'Oro and the branch's last stop called Jonio, was opened in April, 2015.


Fig.1 Rome Metro map

Rome Metro Line C – one of the biggest European construction projects

Line C (green) was opened on November 9, 2014, with intention to run from north of the Vatican to Pantano via the city center. Line C is the first Metro line to extend beyond the city limits, from east to the north-west. The trains are completely automated. It is 25,5 km long, of which 18 km is underground, and it has 30 new stations. The overall investment for this huge construction project is about 3.800 billion EUR. Rome's local transport provider, ATAC, operates the Rome Metro togehter with other rail services: The Roma–Lido line, the Roma-Giardinetti line, and the Roma–Nord line.

The first section of the line, from Centocelle to Pantano, includes 15 of the planned 30 stops. Phase two will extend the line to Lodi and then San Giovanni, with other two stations in service. After the third phase, the line will be further extended with two stations, Amba Aradam/Ipponio and Fori Imperiali/Colosseo, located in the city center.

Work on Rome’s Metro C line began a decade ago and should be open in 2020. There have been many delays since it began, due to archeological discoveries. Roman remains were found in May 2016 while digging down several stories to build the subway station. Weapon storage in 39 rooms used as sleeping areas for troops of ancient Rome together with thirteen adult skeletons were uncovered. Those remains would never been found if it weren't for building this station. The head of archaeology in the Colosseum area, Francesco Prosperetti, said work on the metro would not be delayed although there would have to be changes to the station's design.

Plans have also been announced for a fourth line. It will have 22 stations over a distance of 20 km and would intersect Line A at Spagna, Line B and the Roma-Lido railway at EUR Magliana, Line B1 at Jonio, Line C at Venezia. Although plans for the line are still in the early stages, but there have been a substantial amount of funding and research in order to start with this new project.

Author: Sanela Kovačević, 29.06.2016.