Why did Metro add letters to the current naming convention for rail lines and busway lines?
We updated line names to include a letter to help everyone, including riders with visual impairments, plan a better journey. Customer feedback, research and testing revealed that the addition of letters to our colors are easier for everyone to understand than color alone.
What is new?
The addition of letters to line colors will appear on station signage, maps, timetables, posters, digital platforms and everywhere else you find our colored dots and squares. The colors did not change, and we will continue to use them as we do now to indicate routes and service.
When is this update happening?
We’ve made the transition to the A Line (Blue), so there’s new signage on the A Line. The E Line (Expo) already uses line letter signage. And the new K Line, expected to open in fall 2022, will use the new naming convention. Updates for the rest of our rail lines will follow.
Our goal is for all Metro Rail and busway stations to have updated line letter name signage within the next few years.
On digital platforms such as our website, apps and digital kiosks, you’ll start seeing changes sooner. Printed material will be updated as the opportunity arises, and we will prioritize timetables, maps, posters and fact sheets in order to keep riders informed.
How were the letters chosen for the line names?
Letters are assigned in the order of each line’s original opening date. For instance, since the Blue Line was Metro’s first rail line to open in 1990, it became the A Line. All current and future lines will get the next letter in the alphabet based on its opening date.
What if I have questions?
If you have questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .