On 4 September 2020, the Confederation will officially open the Ceneri base tunnel at the north portal in Camorino (Bellinzona) and at Lugano railway station, thus marking the completion of the NRLA. 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. She will be accompanied by her fellow federal councillor, Ignazio Cassis, who is from Ticino. Around 650 guests will be invited, including transport ministers, representatives of the railway and logistics sectors, representatives from the cantons and the federal parliament, and others who have been closely involved in the NRLA project in recent years.