You need Metro. You hate Metro. It’s a problem. Public transportation saves us from street traffic in the most congested city in America, yet we still spend a lot of time complaining about it.
But here's one positive development: WMATA debuted a new Metro map this week. It’s a subtle reboot: Changes include several new station names — New York Avenue station will change to NoMa-Gallaudet U, for instance — and details for the new “Rush Plus” service.
But what if there was a more dramatic shift? The Madrid Metro has begun selling naming rights to its stations, and Samsung has a deal to turn Peutra del Sol, a tourist shopping district in Spain’s capital, into Sol Galaxy Note.
So here’s a virtual exercise: We’re going to sell Metro, and it’s going to be super fun — unlike your morning commute on the Red Line.
Sell the Metro? What do you mean?
Here’s the plan:
What if WMATA sold the naming rights to stations in D.C.? We had a few ideas — Mountain Dew-pont Circle, to start — but you can do better.
We want you to share your Metro sponsorship ideas (and puns) by tweeting with the hashtag #SellingMetro. We’ll collect the best and feature them on the site. Who knows? Maybe we can raise enough fictional capital to end single-tracking once and for all.
Here are some of our favorites so far:
Here’s the new map: