Metro is taking another stab at naming the stations on the new Silver Line. This time, the public gets to have a say through an online survey.
The names are for the eight stations on the first segment of the 23-mile Dulles Rail Project. The first phase, currently under construction from Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue, is slated to open in late 2013 or early 2014.
The names are supposed to relevant, unique, evocative and brief – 19 characters or less including spaces and punctuation.
Last year, Fairfax County supervisors picked eight names out of 41 recommendations. But their list included Tysons-McLean, Tysons I&II, Tysons Central and Tysons-Spring Hill Rd. So much for “unique” and “evocative.”
The survey includes those options, but also shorter versions and other names based on nearby roads, such as turning the Fairfax-approved Reston-Wiehle Avenue into Wiehle, plain and simple.
Riders also can propose their own names, so some more creativity could creep in. Let the write-in campaigning begin. The survey is live until 5 p.m. March 21.
That doesn’t mean that riders have the last say, though. Metro’s board of directors and the Fairfax County supervisors will have to sign off on the final names.