With a new 19-character limit on Metrorail station names, a few of the existing ones will be changed. (Makes it easier to post about stations on Twitter, at least.) Some get shorter, some get longer. Per the Metro board’s latest meeting:

  • Navy Yard becomes Navy Yard-Ballpark.
  • King Street becomes King St-Old Town.
  • Waterfront-SEU will drop SEU, because the university no longer exists.
  • Forest Glen will be shown on the map with the universal “H” symbol to indicate the location of Holy Cross Hospital. Foggy Bottom and Medical Center will also be shown with “H” symbols reflecting proximity of hospitals.
  • New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U will be renamed “NoMa-Gallaudet U.” “New York Ave” will be shown as a secondary name for one-year to assist customers during the transition.

Three stations will keep their too-long names (mostly because of community complaints): Grosvenor-Strathmore, Georgia Ave-Petworth and Franconia-Springfield.

One station will keep its name because we live in the District of Reagan. Reads the release: “Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport remains unchanged.”

And the rest of the stations will have secondary names dropped down to subtitles, including:

Addison Road Seat Pleasant

Archives Navy Meml-Penn Quarter

Dunn Loring Merrifield

Gallery Place Chinatown

Mt. Vernon Sq 7th Street-Convention Center

U Street African Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

Vienna Fairfax-GMU

West Falls Church VT/UVA

Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan

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