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Map: Metro Might Switch The Rail Line Names To Letters

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With the expansion of our subway system, Metro might be switching to an NYC-style simplified lettering system to replace the rail line names. Hopefully we'll get the magical portals go to with it (but not the subway nightmares)!At a Metro council meeting next Wednesday, a presentation will be made that will suggest the letter scheme in order to simplify our rail system. Although the current names aren't particularly complex or confusing, the new scheme will unify all lines (including the Orange and Silver line busways) under a universal scheme. Currently the lines are either named after a color (Blue, Red, Purple, etc.) or street (Expo, the future Crenshaw/LAX line).

According to the slideshow presentation (.pdf) already posted on the Metro website, the new scheme would be beneficial in order to allow flexibility as the system expands, and make access easy for riders who are not proficient in English. Colors would still be used as a "secondary identifier." An especially confusing situation that this would remedy would be the Expo and Blue lines, which are designated by different shades of blue and briefly run alongside each other.

Although no timetable has been established for implementing the new naming scheme, the presentation suggests it happens "Now" (in big, bold yellow letters) as a way to make riders get used to it while the system expands. The rollout would start with the Blue, Green and Expo lines, followed by the rest of the system in two more phases. Proposed name switches would include combining a portion of the Gold line with the Blue line to become the A line, and renaming the Red line to the B line, but for now these are just proposals.

The letters H, I, and P won't be used since they represent signs for hospitals, information, and parking, but confusingly the letter F has been skipped and nobody knows why.

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