L.A. Metro wants your input on what to name three new stations. The three hubs are currently under construction as part of a $1.5 billion regional connector project tying together downtown L.A.'s light rail lines.
The project is scheduled to open in 2021 but between now and December 15, you can have your say. Don't expect a repeat of Britain's infamous "Boaty McBoatface" incident.
Remember when the government of the UK asked the public to name a research vessel? The top choice was Boaty McBoatface — because that's what happens when you let the internet choose. Unsurprisingly, authorities quashed the idea and christened the ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
No chance of that sort of fracas happening here.
Metro already has proposed names picked out for each of the three stations, all of which are located in downtown Los Angeles:
- 1st St. & Central - Little Tokyo/Arts District
- 2nd St. & Broadway - Broadway or Historic Broadway
- 2nd Pl. & Hope - Bunker Hill/Grand Ave. Arts or Grand Ave. Arts/Bunker Hill
"We're looking for the community's input on what we should name these new stations," Metro spokesperson Dave Sotero tells KPCC. The public is invited to take a short, three-question quiz and "tell us why they think the name they suggest is the best name for getting people to that station."
The idea is to convey to riders, who may not know the area, what makes a particular neighborhood and station unique.
You can always write in your own selections. But don't expect Trainy McTrainstation to happen any time soon.