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Chile's President Ricardo Lagos and Metro de Santiago president Fernando Bustamante have inaugurated five new stations on capital Santiago's metro line 4, the government announced on its website.
Part of the system's line 4 was launched in November last year, when sixteen stations plus the Tobalaba connection to line 1 were opened. Although the whole line was scheduled to be kicked off in November, a stretch was delayed due to its location close to highway Vespucio Sur, and works had to be re-coordinated with the building of the highway.
The five new stations - Los Presidentes, Rotonda Quilín, Las Torres, Macul and Vicuña Mackenna - now complete the 22-station line that connects the city's Puente Alto and Providencia districts. Metro's line 4 also connects to the existing line 5 (at Vicente Valdés station) as well as future line 4A (at Vicuña Mackenna station), to be launched next July.
Line 4 works required a US$1bn investment. It will transport an estimated 92 million passengers each year. France's Alstom supplied the 180 cars that will run along the 33km line.