For those of you who have Metro maps on your shower curtains and mouse pads, they soon will be collectors items.
Metro's board on Thursday approved several recommendations for station name changes, meaning new Metro maps will soon appear to confuse tourists even more than they already are on our subway system.
Taking into consideration the rule limiting primary station names to 19 characters, the following changes will be made to the June 2012 map:
- Navy Yard becomes Navy Yard-Ballpark.
- King Street becomes King St-Old Town.
- Waterfront-SEU will drop SEU, because the university no longer exists.
- Forest Glen will be shown on the map with the universal "H" symbol to indicate the location of Holy Cross Hospital. Foggy Bottom and Medical Center will also be shown with "H" symbols reflecting proximity of hospitals.
- New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U will be renamed "NoMa-Gallaudet U." "New York Ave" will be shown as a secondary name for one year to assist customers during the transition.
Three station names that exceed that 19-character limit are exempt of the new rule because of user familiarity, according to Metro. Those are: Grosvenor-Strathmore, Georgia Ave-Petworth and Franconia-Springfield. Also, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport remains unchanged.
The new map will have primary and secondary names for stations exceeding the 19-character limit, including:
Navy Mem l-Penn Quarter
Mt. Vernon Sq
7th Street-Convention Center
African Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
West Falls Church