Metro Allows Public To Decide Silver Line Station Names

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Metro has announced today, that in conjunction with Fairfax County it has launched an online survey to collect public input on station names for the new Silver Line, which is to extend Metrorail service to Dulles International Airport and Loudon County through the Tyson’s Corner, Reston, and Herndon areas of Fairfax County, Virginia.

The survey available at will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, and includes proposed station names for the eight Silver Line stations in Fairfax County. Phase 1 of the Silver Line, currently under construction, includes five new stations that are expected to be named this summer. Customers taking the survey are also asked about their opinion on station names for three Fairfax County stations in Phase 2.

The primary purpose of a station name is to help customers plan their trips. Through previous research, Metro customers have indicated that station names help them locate destinations. Long lasting names in Metro’s system have typically included the names of towns, streets, neighborhoods, and landmarks that have withstood the test of time. Metro has a policy that requires that names be:

  • Relevant: Identify station locations by geographical features, centers of activity or be derived from the names of cities, communities, neighborhoods or landmarks within one-half mile (or walking distance) of the station;
  • Brief: Limited to 19 characters with spaces and punctuation, including both primary and secondary names;
  • Unique: Distinctive and not easily confused with other station names
  • Evocative: Evoke imagery in the mind of the patron

Through the survey, which is available in English and Spanish, Metro hopes to identify station names that resonate with riders and provide assistance for customers planning their trips. Survey respondents have the option of writing in names of their choice or selecting from a list of proposed name for each station. The final names for the station must be approved by the Metro Board of Directors after formal submission by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Click Here For The Survey

Leave your name ideas at the bottom of this page!

  • Basil White

    For the love of GOD please don’t use the name “Dulles” for ANY station other than the airport. This lack of insight will cause foreign airline passengers to suffer needlessly.

  • Ozan

    I usually don’t have annihtyg nice to say about the terrible service we are getting from the STM. For years we have been promised more buses on the 535 line, yet every morning my kids have to wait for a few buses to pass by before getting one they could get into. The Metro is always down at critical times and most times trash filled. The trash I blame on the users who have no respect for public property, but the break downs are mostly due to lack of investment even though the rates are jacked every year. I was, nonetheless pleasantly surprised wit the Nuit Blanche service and the the amounts of people using the service.These were the “hardcore” public transport users showing great respect for other users and everything was running smoothly in the wee hours of the morning.

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