On 4 September, the Ceneri Base Tunnel will be handed over on schedule by the construction company ATG to SBB, its future operator. An opening ceremony will be held, but without the 650 guests originally envisaged. It is planned to allow the press to attend the ceremony. This major construction project will be completed 28 years after the Swiss public voted in favour of a new Alpine rail link and 22 years after the vote to finance the expansion of the public transport network. The opening ceremony will be hosted by transport minister Simonetta Sommaruga, who in 2020 will hold the office of President of the Swiss Confederation.