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TBM Naming Contest - Purple Line Section 3

Naming Contest

Naming Contest

Section 3 of the Purple Line Extension is connecting DTLA to Westwood and will bring you to the LA 2028 Olympic Games. To celebrate the arrival of the tunnel boring machines that will be digging the path, we invite you to name them. Winners will receive prizes and countywide recognition.

Submit your entry by July 30, 2020.

Why do we name our TBMs?

Traditionally, TBMs cannot start work until they are given a name. TBMs are generally named after women as a sign of good luck for the project ahead. Historically, workers looked to Saint Barbara for protection; she is the patron saint for military engineers, miners and others who work underground.

How do I enter?

  • Submit an essay of 200 words (or less) or 2-minute (or less) video explaining the reasoning behind your chosen names for the TBMs.
  • Tell us about the significance of the name you have chosen and how it relates to your community, transportation or engineering. Have fun and be creative, witty and clever!
  • Your names can be real or fictional. All entries must be female names or characters.
  • The naming contest will be open only to U.S. Veterans and UCLA affiliates, each affiliation will name 1 of 2 TBMs.
  • Spouses, children, or family members of UCLA or VA affiliates are not eligible.
  • Submit your entry by July 30, 2020.
  • Please submit your entry via the online form .
  • You can also submit your entry by mail to:

    Purple Line Extension Project Office
    Attn: Community Relations, Glyssa Robles
    1888 Century Park East, 8th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

The winner will receive recognition at the Purple Line Extension Section 3 Tunnel Boring Machines Unveiling Ceremony, a commemorative Metro TAP card with the winning names and additional prizes!