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Changes may lengthen some Metro station names

Thursday - 9/15/2011, 1:25pm  ET

Metro is looking to change some station names. (WTOP)

Adam Tuss,

WASHINGTON - As Metro looks to simplify wordy and cumbersome station names like "U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo," some of the titles actually could be getting longer.

A Metro document obtained by WTOP shows that "Smithsonian-National Mall" received favorable reviews during a customer research process. The names "Navy Yard-(logo)" (which would include a Washington Nationals logo in its name), "Ballpark" or "Nationals" also received favorable reviews.

Three proposed names got mixed reviews, with some customers saying the change was good, while others said to leave the current name as is.

Those names are:

  • Forest Glen-Holy Cross Hospital
  • Waterfront-Arena Stage
  • King Street-Old Town

Metro says current cost estimates for changing station signage are roughly $90,000 for a single-entrance, center-platform station and $120,000 for a two-entrance, side-platform station.

Metro is setting aside money for the proposed changes, but if there are any other changes individual jurisdictions wish to make, they likely would have to foot the bill.

"We probably will change out three-quarters of our station signage and all of the maps will need to be changed," Barbara Richardson, Metro's head of marketing, told the Metro Board of Directors this summer.

The Metro board is expected to finalize a list of name changes in the fall, and the first changes are expected to take effect next summer.

The only station with a very long name that cannot be changed is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station, because the name was put in place by the federal government.

Metro's iconic map is about to change dramatically as the rail extension to Dulles International Airport moves forward, and a planned shift in direction of the Blue Line rolls ahead. Metro is using the opportunity to change station names as well.

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