Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names! | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

Play associated audio
The names of some Metro stations - like this one - have grown excessively long, riders say.
Flickr.com user Travlr
The names of some Metro stations - like this one - have grown excessively long, riders say.

At a Metro focus group, a facilitator asks randomly selected riders what they think of the current station names. The riders give their opinions, and then the facilitator repeats them back. One complaint crops up so often that the facilitator begins to sound like a broken record.

"Uh huh, they're long," says one facilitator. "They're very long. On the shorter side of things? Uh huh. Too long."

In some riders' opinions, one of the worst ones is the U Street-African American Civil War Memorial-Cardozo stop.

Riders also say landmarks should not be included in the name of a station, unless the site is within walking distance

"Like if I'm a mother with two kids and a stroller, and I can't get there easily, don't put it in the title," says one rider.

Another poorly names station: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan.

"Oh yeah!" exclaims another rider. "That's the worst."

"I feel sorry for people who think they're going to be in Adams Morgan when they get off there," chimes in another rider.

Metro says it wants to use the public's opinions in shaping its new station names and, by extension, its new identity.

But what riders want is often at odds with what the neighborhoods around the stations want, especially neighborhood businesses, which see station names as a marketing tool.

NPR

Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.
NPR

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.
NPR

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.
WAMU 88.5

Uber Tweaks Airport Pickups To Create 'Virtual Queue'

Faced with rules that prevent its drivers from hanging out on airport property waiting for rides, Uber is tweaking its system for ride-hailing pick-ups at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.