Metro line 4 opens in Budapest

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After nine years and a run of bureaucratic and/or political snags truly epic in scale from the planning stages first begun in the 1990s, the long-awaited Metro line no. 4 was inaugurated this morning by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Budapest Mayor István Tarlós. The line is expected to be opened to the public at noon today and will be free to ride through Saturday.

The train runs 7.3 kilometers from Keleti to Kelenföld train stations, with stops at II. János Pál papa tér, Rákóczi tér, Kálvin tér, Fővám tér, Szent Gellért tér, Móricz Zsigmond körtér (a stop this longtime resident of Budapest can say has been needed for some time), Újbuda-központ and Bikás Park.

After plans were put on hold in the early 2000s, financing was approved for the project in 2004. By 2010, all tunnel work (undertaken by a joint venture of Austria-based Strabag and France-based Vinci Construction) had been completed. Government statistics had put total costs of the project at HUF 452.5 billion as of mid-2012.

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