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The process of naming the two Loudoun Metro stops

Route 606 and Route 772 aren't catchy enough?

What will we name the Loudoun Metro stations when they get here? Is there a Metro baby names book?

Loudoun's Board of Supervisors last week discussed the process for finding a proper epithet for the two Loudoun Metro stations at Route 606 and Route 772.

Supervisors won't be naming the stations, simply providing suggestions. The decision will ultimately be made by WMATA's Board of Directors.

The process for naming a Metro station is actually quite arduous with steps for each of the following: identifying possible names, public information meetings, possible Internet voting, mandatory focus group sessions and Loudoun and WMATA Board actions.

It's a process that's expected to take six months.

There are four criteria used to evaluate each stop's name, which are relevancy, brevity, uniqueness and ability to evoke a sense of imagery for patrons.

Names are a major part of the Phase 2 construction plan, because the supporting infrastructure like station pylons, road signage and station signage cannot be finished and ready for its slated opening in 2018 without name approval.

The goal is to have the stops named by June 2015, according to Board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large.)

Both stops are open for creativity.

One suggestion from some online readers is to use nearby attractions like Loudoun or Moorefield Station developments as names.

Others thought the name of nearby roads made the most sense.


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