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.”
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.
- North Line coverage [Swamplot]
Photos: Swamplot inbox