Your Vote Could Help Long Beach Name That Blue Line Station
2013-03-14 · By Editor
Now is your chance to make a mark on Long Beach by participating in the naming of the Blue Line station on First Street, between Pine and Pacific avenues. Currently, the platform is referred to as the “Long Beach Transit Mall” station, but Long Beach has an opportunity to suggest a new name to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Second District Councilmember Suja Lownethal is asking residents to vote for their favorite station name. The city will accept nominations until April 12, 2013 and will announce the new name shortly thereafter.
How to: Name That Station
According to MTA’s policy for naming transit centers and facilities, names must refer to: a nearby street or freeway; a well-known destination or landmark; a community or district name; or a city name. The policy also states that it is preferable to use one name but multiple names can be used separated by a slash.
Lowenthal has suggested some names based on the station’s location. Participants can also suggest a unique name in the space provided. (Click here to vote)
- 1st Street Station
- Downtown Long Beach Station
- Pine Avenue Station
- Transit Mall Station
- Your suggestion?
History of the Blue Line
Construction began on the Metro Blue Line in 1985 and it opened in 1990. It starts in downtown L.A. and runs south for 22 miles to Long Beach where it turns in a single-track loop through downtown. All the stations have high platforms to allow easy access into the three-unit trains manufactured by Sumitomo-Nippon Sharyo, Japan. The time for the entire route is just 53 minutes. The Blue Line is the oldest and second busiest line in the system with an estimated 26.26 million boardings per year.