16 of the 25 official station names announced today for Metro’s new East End and Southeast light-rail lines and North Line extension include slashes. No, you won’t need to choose between Cesar Chavez and 67th Street: The Cesar Chavez/67th St. station will honor both. Same for MacGregor Park/MLK. The term “EaDo” has made it on to a station name — but only as part of the EaDo/Stadium team — not to be called “EaDo Stadium” of course, since Spanish bank BBVA Compass just paid a lot of money for the exclusive naming rights to the new soccer venue.
A few other station names you’ll want to be careful with:
Eastwood appears in 2 station names — Lockwood/Eastwood on the East End Line and Eastwood TC at the stubbed-out end of the future University Line. There’s a Leeland/Third Ward and an Elgin/Third Ward station on the Southeast Line. Also, you’ll want to avoid telling anyone you’ll meet them at the “UH” station — would that be Robertson Stadium/UH/TSU (2 slashes!) or UH South/University Oaks on the Southeast Line, or the existing UH-Downtown station on the North Line? The North Line is adding a second HCC stop, but it’s far north of Ensemble/HCC, at Northline TC/HCC. (Northline is on the North Line, fortunately; that’s “Transit Center/Houston Community College” for you newbies.) A few of the new slashified station names are downright intriguing: Coffee Plant/Second Ward and Altic/Howard Hughes, for example: What’ll be hiding there?
Wish Metro had consulted you before making these choices? It did. Which suggestions were yours?
- Previously on Swamplot: Metro Asks for Help Coming Up with Names for Already Named Light Rail Stations