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File #: 2015-1063   
Type: Informational Report Status: Passed
File created: 6/29/2015 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 7/16/2015 Final action: 7/23/2015
Title: EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED AS AMENDED (5-0) adopting the following Official and Operational station names for the eight stations that comprise Metro Rail's Crenshaw/LAX line: Official Station Name Operational Station Name 1. Expo/Crenshaw Expo/Crenshaw 2. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. 3. Leimert Park Leimert Park 4. Hyde Park Hyde Park 5. Fairview Heights Fairview Heights 6. Downtown Inglewood Downtown Inglewood 7. Westchester Westchester 8. Aviation/Century Aviation/Century
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Americans With Disabilities Act, City of Los Angeles, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project, Hyde Park, Informational Report, Inglewood, Intersections, Leimert Park, Los Angeles International Airport, Maps, Metro Crenshaw Line, Metro Exposition Line, Metro Green Line, Metro Rail B Line, Metro Rail C Line, Metro Rail E Line, Policy, South Bay Service Sector, Station 1015, Station 816, Transfer points, Transfers, Westchester
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Property Naming Policy, 2. Attachment B - Map of Crenshaw-LAX line with proposed Operational Station Names, 3. Attachment C - Table of alternate names for each station

Meeting_Body

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

JULY 16, 2015

 

Subject/Action

SUBJECT:                     RAIL STATION NAMES

 

ACTION:                     ADOPT STATION NAMES FOR CRENSHAW/LAX LINE

 

Heading

RECOMMENDATION

 

Title

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED AS AMENDED (5-0) adopting the following Official and Operational station names for the eight stations that comprise Metro Rail’s Crenshaw/LAX line:

 

Official Station Name                    Operational Station Name

 

1. Expo/Crenshaw                         Expo/Crenshaw

2. Martin Luther King Jr.                Martin Luther King Jr.

3. Leimert Park                              Leimert Park

4. Hyde Park                                                   Hyde Park

5. Fairview Heights                        Fairview Heights

6. Downtown Inglewood                Downtown Inglewood

7. Westchester                              Westchester

8. Aviation/Century                        Aviation/Century

 

Issue

ISSUE

 

Since its inception, stations on the Crenshaw/LAX line have been identified by placeholder names based on street intersection. With construction in progress, final names need to be adopted by the Board in order to facilitate station signage design and fabrication without incurring extra costs for changes.

 

Discussion

DISCUSSION

 

Property Naming Policy

The 2003 Board-approved Property Naming Policy (Attachment A) states that rail stations will be named in a simple and straightforward way to assist customers in navigating the system and the region.  It indicates that names must be brief enough for quick recognition and retention, and must be based primarily on geographic location, referring to a nearby street or freeway, a well-known destination or landmark, a community or district name, or a city name. The policy also states that single names for stations are preferable, and that if multiple names are used, they are to be separated by a slash.

 

The policy further indicates that properties may have a Board-adopted official name and a shorter operational name; the official name is used in Board documents and legal notices while the operational name is used more commonly on station signage, maps and customer materials. The policy recommends keeping the length of the operational name to a maximum of 24 characters to ensure readability and compliance with ADA type size requirements.

 

Community Input

Per the policy, staff sought community input on station names from various entities.  Potential names were discussed at 10 community meetings attended by approximately 450 people from August 26, 2014 to October 9, 2014. 

 

Based on this input, staff recommends adoption of the names shown in the table below. A map of these stations showing the proposed Operational names is included as Attachment B. Alternate names for each station are shown in Attachment C.

 

Placeholder Name - Original

Official Name - Proposed

Operational Name - Proposed

Expo/Crenshaw

Expo/Crenshaw

Expo/Crenshaw

Crenshaw/MLK

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Crenshaw/Vernon

Leimert Park

Leimert Park

Crenshaw/Slauson

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Florence/West

Fairview Heights

Fairview Heights

Florence/La Brea

Downtown Inglewood

Downtown Inglewood

Florence/Hindry

Westchester

Westchester

Aviation/Century

Aviation/Century

Aviation/Century

 

1. Expo/Crenshaw Station

This station is the transfer point between the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Expo Line. As the existing station on the Expo Line is named Expo/Crenshaw, the same name is recommended for the new station on the Crenshaw/LAX line.  The situation and proximity are similar to the transfer point between the Red Line and the Orange Line; the stations for these two lines are across the street from each other and share the name “North Hollywood.”  If adopted, both the Official and Operational names for this station will be “Expo/Crenshaw.”

 

2. Martin Luther King Jr. Station

This station lies at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards.  Several station names incorporating “Martin Luther King Jr.” were suggested by community members and elected officials. The community also would prefer that “Martin Luther King Jr.” not be abbreviated in the station name. To avoid the need for any abbreviation and to meet the naming policy’s recommended 24-character maximum ensuring signage readability and compliance with ADA type size requirements, staff recommends the name “Martin Luther King Jr.”  If adopted, this will be both the Official and Operational station name.  

 

3. Leimert Park Station

The name “Leimert Park” was suggested by community members and elected officials. The name is consistent with the naming policy as the station is identified by a neighborhood landmark.  If adopted, both the Official and Operational names for this station will be “Leimert Park.”

 

4. Hyde Park Station

The name “Hyde Park” was suggested by community members and elected officials.  The name is appropriate as the station lies within the Hyde Park neighborhood boundary, and it is consistent with the naming policy as the station is identified by a neighborhood name. If adopted, both the Official and Operational names will be “Hyde Park.” 

 

5. Fairview Heights Station

The name “Fairview Heights” was suggested by community members, Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) members and elected officials. The name is appropriate as the station lies within the Fairview Heights neighborhood boundary, and it is consistent with the naming policy as the property is identified by a neighborhood name. If adopted, both the Official and Operational names will be “Fairview Heights.” 

 

6. Downtown Inglewood Station

The name “Downtown Inglewood” was suggested by community members and city officials. The name is consistent with the naming policy as the station is identified by a city name, and it distinguishes the station from the Fairview Heights station which is also in the City of Inglewood. If adopted, both the Official and Operational names will be “Downtown Inglewood.”

 

7. Westchester Station

This station is located at the northwest corner of Florence and Hindry Avenues, at the border of Inglewood and Westchester but within the city limits of Inglewood.  This station received the most varied community input for names.  The City of Inglewood preferred “Hindry/Veteran” to identify the station by the street on which it lies as well as by the destination of nearby veteran housing.  The Westchester community supported the name “Hindry/Westchester” to reflect the station’s proximity to the area.  Staff believes customers will be best served when navigating the system by referencing the community targeted for service, which is Westchester.  If adopted, both the Official and Operational names will be “Westchester.”  Upon direction from the Board, a commemorative plaque could be installed at the station acknowledging the nearby veteran housing, with final language to be determined prior to station opening.

 

8. Aviation/Century

The name “Aviation/Century” was suggested by community members, the Gateway to LA BID, Westchester stakeholders and elected officials. The name is consistent with the naming policy as it identifies the station by its street intersection.  If adopted, both the Official and Operational names will be “Aviation/Century.” 

 

Determination_Of_Safety_Impact

DETERMINATION OF SAFETY IMPACT

 

Adoption of these names does not affect the incidence of injuries or healthful conditions for patrons or employees. Therefore, approval will have no impact on safety.

 

Financial_Impact

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

Approval of this item will result in no financial impact to Metro.

 

Impact to Budget

 

Approval of this item will have no impact to Metro’s budget.

 

Alternatives_Considered

ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED

 

The proposed names were developed as the result of community input and are consistent both with Metro’s naming policy and the names of other stations in the system. The Board may elect to substitute one or more of the alternate station names shown in Attachment C, some of which also are consistent with Metro’s naming policy. 

 

Next_Steps

NEXT STEPS

 

Staff will work with the Crenshaw/LAX construction project to ensure that the Board-adopted station names are implemented. 

 

Attachments

ATTACHMENTS

 

Attachment A - Property Naming Policy

Attachment B - Map of Crenshaw/LAX line with proposed Operational Station Names

Attachment C - Table of alternate names for each station

 

Prepared_by

Prepared by:    Glen Becerra, Deputy Executive Officer, Marketing, (213) 922-5661

   Yvette Rapose, Director, Construction Relations, (213) 922-2297

 

Reviewed_By

Reviewed by:    Ann Kerman, Interim Chief Communications Officer, (213) 922-7671

    Martha Welborne, Chief Planning Officer, (213) 922-7267

    Bryan Pennington, Executive Director, Engineering and

    Construction, (213) 922-7382