Sign of Times: Metro Preps for New Station Names

Some stations might get simpler names

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    New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet University.

    That’s not three different Metro stops. That mouthful is the name of just one station in northeast Washington.

    Metro will discuss the process of how to go about changing the names of some of its stations this week. From the Washington Examiner:

    "The transit agency is planning to review its naming policy this week -- and ask that alternative names to the long, tongue-tiers be submitted by Aug. 1. Riders may even get to have some input.

    The transit agency says it has a window to make the changes now because it is planning on several major service changes in the next few years. Officials plan to realign the Yellow and Blue Line service in June 2012. Then the 23-mile Dulles Rail extension is slated to open 11 new stations in two phases by late 2016."

    The Customer Service and Operations Committee suggests the updates happen within the next six years as the Dulles Rail Line is built.

    New maps and signs could include shorter, more comprehensive names for stations.

    Right now under Metro rules, station names should have 19 characters or less. Transfer stations should have 13 characters or less. Stops like Woodley Park Zoo-Adams Morgan obviously violate that rule.

    Changing station names would require 2,600 new signs and 5,000 new maps. No word how much renaming any one station could cost.