L.A. Metro Considering Renaming its Rail Lines With Letters or Numbers

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The entrance to the Red Line station in Grand Park on Dec. 23, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The entrance to the Red Line station in Grand Park on Dec. 23, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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Instead of taking the Blue Line to Long Beach, how about the A Train? Or how about catching the No. 5 line to Santa Monica Pier?

With an unprecedented number of rail and bus projects planned — and a dwindling number of hues to choose from — Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are considering an overhaul of the transit map that would replace the system’s color names with letters or numbers.

Metro officials hope to cut the ribbon on eight major bus and rail projects over the next decade, including an extension of the Gold Line to Montclair by 2026, a San Fernando Valley rail line by 2027 and a 20-mile light-rail route between downtown and Artesia by 2028. They all will need names.

But those names pose a challenge, officials say, because their palette of unused colors is looking pretty thin, with remaining hues too closely resembling other lines. On a sun-bleached transit map, would a tourist be able to tell the difference between lines that are green and lime, or red and pink?

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