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Metro: Keep station names short and simple

Usually Metro’s board meetings last hours. But for once the members kept something short and simple: station names.

On Thursday the board of directors passed a modified station naming policy. Now names will have a “primary” and “secondary” line.

For example, U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo. That will become U Street on first reference and the rest will be its secondary name.

The policy will be applied to 10 existing station names:

• Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan

• New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U

• Mt. Vernon Sq/7th Street- Convention Center

• Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter

• West Falls Church-VT/UVA

• U Street/African–Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

• Vienna-Fairfax-GMU

• Georgia Ave-Petworth

• Grosvenor-Strathmore

• Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood

For now, “station signs and pylons would not change unless they are scheduled for being changed,” said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

The modifications will be made on new Metro maps which are expected to be printed in June 2012. Metro also must give final approval to the names of new stations along the 23-mile rail line under construction to Loudoun County.

New York designer Lance Wyman is under contract with Metro to redo its 35-year-old iconic map to make way for the rail line to Dulles and show other changes, such as a Blue line split scheduled for next year.

Follow me on Twitter @postmetrogirl.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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