Back in June, the Purple Line Extension Section 2 team unveiled the winning names and artwork for the tunnel boring machines that will be digging the twin tunnels between Beverly Hills and Century City. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 25, Metro riders can get their hands on the winning designs selected by Los Angeles County residents in the form of TAP cards!
The names “Harriet” and “Ruth” were selected from a winning entry submitted by 6th grade Turning Point School student Ruby Santamaria. Harriet and Ruth were named after Harriet Tubman, known for her role in the Underground Railroad, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who fights for gender equality and social justice.
Find the tunnel boring machine TAP card at the following TAP Vending Machines (TVMs) along the Purple Line:
- Union Station
- 7th St/Metro Center
Hans Smallwood, a 3rd grade student from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Beverly Hills won the art contest. His winning illustration showed the Purple Line Extension subway running underground.
The artwork TAP card can be following at TVMs at the following stations:
Stickers will be located above the TVM screen to show which machines are stocked with the limited edition cards. TAP cards cost $2 and are reusable.
Why is there is a budget for this while you are reducing the number of rush hour trains causing over crowded conditions? Kids can enter drawings in library bookmarks competitions.
The cards are produced as part of community outreach for the project, and is funded by the project’s budget which may not be used for operations.
Writer, The Source
Metro isn’t cutting service because of funding. It’s cutting it because they’ve pretty much failed in terms of keeping trains operating on schedule. This goes beyond funding, as the Expo Line alone justifies the extra trains.