Metro map getting a makeover | Debating new Metro station names

So what’s in a name? A lot it seems, especially when it comes to naming a new Metro station. Fairfax officials on Tuesday approved monikers for its Metro stations on the rail extension to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

But the Board of Supervisors’ decision came after a spirited debate, even after a comprehensive public input process that vetted dozens of names.

The outbound tunnel for Metrorail beneath Tysons Corner. (Susan Biddle/For The Washington Post )

The debate Tuesday centered on naming a station in Herndon, now temporarily referred to as the Herndon-Monroe station. Its recommended name is Herndon-Reston West.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins wanted to change the name to Reston-Herndon West, in an effort to recognize that many residents in the area live in or identify with Reston. Hudgins’s district includes Reston and some areas of Herndon. She is also chair of Metro’s board of directors.

 “You can’t get into the parking lot [of the station] with out going into the area of Reston,” she said.  “The travel pattern is oriented into the direction of the station.”

 Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust  said that Hudgins's proposed name reversal would only confuse riders. He proposed to just call it the Herndon Station.

“I think it’s the simplest for the travelers that are going to use it,” said Foust, whose district also includes Herndon. “This isn’t about 200 people that are going to be looking at it today.  It’s about hundreds of thousands people who are going to be using it.”

Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said the recommended name of Herndon –Reston West  was meant to serve as a compromise.

 “Unfortunately we have dispute here,” she said. “I am not going to support the motion to make a switch,” she said.

Both of Hudgins’s and Foust’s motions to change the name failed.  The recommended names are as follows:

Placeholder Name   Recommended Name
Tysons East Tysons-McLean
Tysons Central 123 Tysons I & II
Tysons Central 7   Tysons Central
Tysons West      Tysons-Spring Hill Rd
Wiehle Avenue    Reston-Wiehle Ave
Reston Parkway Reston Town Center
Herndon-Monroe  Herndon-Reston West
Route 28  Herndon-Dulles East