A transport development project which has been on the agenda since the inauguration of Rákóczi bridge in 1995 was completed today through the official opening of the extended route section of tram line 1 – announced Budapest Mayor István Tarlós at a press conference on 9 July 2019 held at a new stop on the line, at Bártfai utca. Owing to the completion of the development, the Kelenföld railway hub and the regional bus station are now more easily accessible from the Kelenföld residential district, from Ferencváros (District 9) and from South Pest, while in turn passengers arriving from the metropolitan area can also reach those neighbourhoods faster. At the same time, local residents can access the metro (M4) and the trams running to the city centre (lines 19 and 49) more conveniently. After the tram lines serving the Grand Boulevard, tram line 1 has the second-highest frequency in the capital with 153 thousand passengers boarding on workdays. The length of the fully barrier-free route has increased from 16.5 km to 18.2 km: two new stops and the terminus at Etele tér have been added; the track section along Etele út has received grass cover, while the green spaces in the vicinity have been fully renewed, and at the same time, Fehérvári út along with Budafok tram depot, where tram maintenance is performed, have been refurbished. Night bus line 901 now runs along the full length of the tram route between Bécsi út / Vörösvári út and Kelenföld vasútállomás M terminuses.
Thanks to the route extension, a further five new, 56-metre-long, low-floor, air-conditioned CAF trams, to be delivered by the end of the year, will enter passenger service.