See that map up there, showing all the stations on Metro’s planned light-rail lines? Metro is asking the public for help naming those stations. But not the stations that don’t have any names indicated next to them — the transit agency isn’t quite yet ready to get to those. No, Metro wants your help choosing names for the stations that are already marked with names. Like, the “Burnett Transit Center.” What should that station be named? Anyone? Anyone? And how about the one marked “Boundary”? Any suggestions? Spicoli?
This is, of course, the best kind of call for submissions. If you can do better than what they’ve already got, go ahead! If you can’t beat what’s there already, why bother? And you can get an idea what the fallback is gonna be, if all the suggestions suck. Just think what we might have ended up calling East Downtown if that naming “contest” had been pitched like this: Yeah, we’re threatening to name this area EaDo — unless you stop us, with something better. How well would that have worked?
You can get a sense of where the stations are planned for the new North, East End, and Southeast Lines from these maps:
Names for stations on the University and Uptown Lines are not on the menu this time. Metro wants simple, easily remembered names with a maximum of 26 characters. It does not want stations to be named after a person — unless that person’s name is already used for a nearby street or the name refers to a nearby location with historical significance. They’ll consider commercial names, though. More rules here. Submissions are due by the end of June.
- We want to hear your suggestions for station names [Go MetroRail]