Metro Board to consider changing official names of two rail stations

I know readers are always interested in station naming news — and there are two station naming motions before the Metro Board of Directors this month:

•To rename the Gold Line’s East Los Angeles Civic Center Station the East Los Angeles Civic Center/Gloria Molina Station.

•To rename the Red Line’s North Hollywood Station the North Hollywood/Zev Yaroslavsky Station.

The motions are posted above. They were authored by Metro Board Members Ara Najarian and Pam O’Connor. The Board’s Construction Committee approved the motions this morning and the full Board will consider them at its Oct. 2 meeting.

Here is Metro’s property naming policy. It’s worth noting that even when station names are named after people, the geographic names are the ones commonly used in announcements on buses and trains and on maps and agency literature.

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  1. I am totally against this! My question to Metro officials is…”Have you ever taken a ride on the Metro system?” (Not including photo-opportunities) Stations should be named for destinations which will make it easier for people to understand where they need to board/disembark to their destinations. (especially for visitors and occasional riders.) Why wasn’t the public allowed a comment period or the opportunity to speak at the board meeting? Why was there a direct violation of rules for naming stations? They are not dead!

    • You are allowed to comment. You just have to show up at these Metro Board meetings at your own expense, which take place during the weekday when everyone is working and you get a whopping 1 minute on the microphone stand to voice out your opinion. When you’re time is up, they cut off the mic, say your time is up and just go onto vote for it anyway.

      19th century methods used in 21st century America. And they don’t care because no matter what, people don’t care about politics anyway and just keep electing the same people over and over again.

  2. A vain attempt by Mr. Yaroslavsky to make people forget that, for nearly two decades, he was one of the primary obstacles to getting the Westside Subway Extension built.

    Neither of these politicians has done anything but the job they are paid to do. They certainly don’t need to be “deified” (as a previous commenter wrote.)

  3. As evidenced from the pushback expressed in these comments, many folks oppose “renaming” of stations simply for dedication purposes. Metro really needs to consider switching from a policy of “renaming” these stations to “dedicating” them. It’s not rocket science and will limit (but not eliminate) some the ire received from Metro patrons.

    And upon viewing the property naming policy, I read with interest the “Transit system context” item that reads, “Names will provide information as to where a property is located within the context of the entire transit system with no duplication of names.” That being the case, it would appear that the two Slauson Stations (one on the Silver Line and the other on the Blue Line) violate this policy. Perhaps the Silver Line’s could become “Slauson/Broadway Station” instead? (I think there’s already a plan to update the station signage there anyway, right?)