METRO seeks public input for new light-rail names

Map of METRORails in need of a name. (

May 5, 2011 6:08:46 PM PDT
Museum District, Main Street Square -- these METRORail names are already set, but the agency is including you in the process of naming its newest light rail stations.

Until June 30, people can submit suggestions for what they think the new METRORail stops should be called. Successful entries will then be available for the public to review before the board of directors gives its final approval later this summer.

The new lines run east, north and southeast. Residents and businesses along the new routes are asked to contact their Community Outreach Offices to learn more about submitting ideas.

"METRO hopes the station naming process will capture the spirit of the light rail communities with the opportunity to incorporate key cultural institutions, public spaces and historical landmarks into the project," the agency said in a statement. "The primary focus will be ensuring that customers of the service can easily identify where they are within the system."

The names must meet certain requirements, including a maximum of 26 characters, easily recallable and can't be named after anyone unless the name is part of the street intersection, related to a landmark or has significant historical significance.

To submit a suggestion, go to GoMETRORail's website.

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