When They Turned the Main St. Light Rail Line Red

Installation of Red Line Signage, Preston Station, Main St. Line, Houston

For 10 years, you’ve known it as Houston’s only light-rail line, so what did it matter that we called the Main St. line? But in advance of 2 separate advance lines opening up next year, it’s got a color too: The Red Line. You can see workers installing signage with the “Red Line” designation in the photo above. When was that photo taken?


Almost exactly 10 years ago, shortly before it opened on New Years Day 2004. Okay, so it’s been labeled the Red Line all along — but has anybody actually been calling it that? “The real difference is that next year line colors will actually start to matter,” writes a local rail fan. “So people are going to think about the line colors. I’d bet are plenty of people riding the red line who don’t know it’s the Red Line — but come next year anyone riding the train from Downtown to UH will need to know the difference between the Green (East End) and Purple (Southeast) lines.”

Quitman/Near Northside Station, North Line, Houston

In honor of that change, signage for the new stations on the North Line extension opening this weekend features a dot of color on the new Red Line logo (above). And rather than “southbound,” it lists the name of the station — Fannin Station — at the end of the line.

Photos: Swamplot inbox

Metro’s New Colors

9 Comment

  • Oh my gawd…they wasted my tax dollars on siiiigns. The only people who are going to use this thing are illegal immigrants and liberals. One thing is for sure: this is Obama’s fault. You do the math–he is both an immigrant and a liberal. Too bad the liberal media will never doing anything about it.

  • Obviously MouthBreather is breathing a load of sh_t.

  • Would it be anti-hipster/tacky to actually have the trains painted the colors, or at least maybe with some other more obvious designation than dots? And it seems to me it would’ve been better to leave, or to have both the directional signs as well as the terminating station’s name since tourists, and a lot of Houstonians don’t necessarily know where those stations are.

  • I thought Swamplot checked the comments to keep absurd spam like you see above out of the comments.

  • MouthBreather’s comment was obviously parody. Lighten up.

  • To make things a bit more straight-forward for non-mass-transit minded Houstonians I would have gone a bit more obvious than just a red dot–go ahead and make the station platforms red (or purple or green for the other lines).

  • For a moment, I thought I was reading the comments on the Chronicle’s website.

  • I’ve recently heard that Houstons large Hindu community is opposing the usage of a red dot or “Bindi” as they call it, to mark the train stations. They claim this is sacrilige and makes a mockery of their holy symbol. Metro is being flooded with calls and emails to change the symbol, with some influential member of Houstons Indian population threatening to protest.

  • Progg- You spelled trolling wrong.