The names “Harriet” and “Ruth” were selected from a winning entry submitted by 6th grade Turning Point School student Ruby Santamaria. Harriet and Ruth were named after Harriet Tubman, known for her role in the Underground Railroad, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who fights for gender equality and social justice. Hans Smallwood, a 3rd grade student from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Beverly Hills won the art contest. His winning illustration showed the Purple Line Extension subway running under Rodeo Dr.
From left, former Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Ruby Santamaria, Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch, Hans Smallwood and Metro CEO Phil Washington.
Students were challenged to name the TBMs and create illustrations for the TBM tail shields as part of a contest. More than 2,500 votes were cast for the contests.