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Want To Ride The Pink Line Or The Q Line? LA Metro Is Studying How To Rename Its System

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The names for Los Angeles Metro's rail and bus lines are "inconsistent" and make it difficult to navigate the transit system, according to Metro's own leadership. That's why the agency is looking into renaming the whole network as it expands.

The current lines are identified by color alone, except for the Expo Line (Metro's board of directors decides on the names, but couldn't reach a color consensus on that one). But the agency is in a building boom, with plans to construct several new train and bus lines by 2028 -- just in time for the Summer Olympics.

First up is the Regional Connector project, which will join the Blue, Gold and Expo lines. And the future Crenshaw/LAX Line will connect with the Green Line. What will we call all these new and altered routes?

Metro has released a few concepts for what the new naming conventions could look like, including one that expands the color-based system.

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It's easy to see how riders could make mistakes. Were you supposed to take the Olive Line or the Green Line -- or was it the Lime Line? You're looking for the Purple Line, but somehow you're on a bus -- oh, it's the Lavender Line.

Metro officials are looking into several options, which include adding letters or numbers to accompany the color-coding, or naming some lines based on geography.

(Courtesy Metro Los Angeles)

The transit agency hopes to continue researching ideas this fall, then present a proposal to Metro's board of directors "that is clear, concise and befitting of a system that will be serving residents and visitors alike in the coming years."

The possible naming changes are still a ways off, though, according to Metro spokesman Rick Jager, who said there is "not a current timeframe," but that staff is thinking about rolling one out with the opening of the Crenshaw/LAX Line in late 2019 or the Regional Connector line in late 2021.

Metro didn't ask us for ideas, but our newsroom had plenty of great ones, which they're welcome to use. Here's just a sample (there's more where these came from, Metro):

  • Local trees: Sage Line, Fan Palm Line, Jacaranda Line...
  • Trendy foods/drinks: Kombucha Line, Acai Line, Kale Line...
  • Local wildlife: Coyote Line, Mountain Lion Line, Parrot Line, Invasive Crayfish Line...
  • Diet trends: Paleo Line, Keto Line, Gluten-Free Line...
  • Metal albums: Reign in Blood Line, ...And Justice for All Line, Rust in Peace Line...
  • Just actual lines: Dotted Line, Straight Line, Wobbly Line, Under Line...

How would you rename the Metro lines? Tweet it, tell us in the comments below or you can email Metro at

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