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Long-time Source readers know that one of the more intriguing challenges ahead for Metro is figuring out what to call its rail and bus rapid transit lines. This presentation and this staff report explain the issues and show some alternatives, mostly using letters or numbers to identify bus and rail lines.
Going forward, one thing is certain: the Metro system is growing and something will have to change with the current names. Why? Metro has two projects under construction that are joining tracks from different lines. The Crenshaw/LAX Line includes a junction with the Green Line, while the Regional Connector is joining the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines.
There are other issues with the current naming system:
•It’s inconsistent. Most names are based on colors (Blue, Red, Gold, Purple, etc.) with one exception — the Expo Line, which is shown on signage and maps as a lighter shade of blue.
•The current map is tough for those who are color blind.
•As the Metro system grows, continuing with color names will mean selecting line names based on shades of color (i.e. Lime, Rose, Aqua, Olive, Lavender, etc.) that will sometimes be difficult to distinguish from one another or decipher on maps and signage.
Metro staff have already done a fair amount of research. With approval from the Metro Board of Directors this month, staff would like to continue with more research this fall and then return to the Board with a renaming proposal that is clear, concise and befitting of a system that will be serving residents and visitors alike in the coming years (including visitors for the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics).
What do you think readers? Any preference?
Finally, a couple caveats on the map in the presentation — because I know some of you will ask or already chewing upon it on social media.
•The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor will be a light rail line between the Orange Line and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station. Planning continues on the Sepulveda Transit Corridor with several types of transit under consideration, including heavy rail, light rail, monorail and rubber-wheel trains.
•On the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor project, two routes in downtown L.A. are under study. One would go to Union Station, the other to the downtown core.