Thursday, March 22, 2012

Changes (Real and Made-Up) to Metro Station Names

The Washington Post's local website "The Buzz" has a very funny article about what could happen if Metro sold the naming rights to its stations. Among the readers' suggestions so far:

Farragut North Face
iMac Pherson Square
Woodley Park Zoo-Adams Morgan Stanley

and our personal favorite:

U St/African Am Civil War Memorial/Cardozo/Bens Chili Bowl/CVS/Rite Aid/Busboys&Poets

And while we're on the subject of phenomenally long Metro station names, the Metro Board has just announced that it will be changing a few station names...and not to make them shorter. King Street will get "Old Town" added to its name; Navy Yard will get "Ballpark" tacked on; and New York Avenue will get turned into NoMa-Gallaudet U (okay, that last one goes from 13 letters to 14 letters, only plus-one, but it still has morphed from a single street designation into a neighborhood-plus-university designation. Many other stations will get a subtitle in smaller lettering underneath the main station moniker. Dana Hedgpeth of the Washington Post reports on all the details here -- and you can also see the newly unveiled Metro map.

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