Metro Announces Naming Contest for Purple Line Tunnel Boring Machines

Metro announced this week that it will hold both an art and a naming contest for the Purple Line tunnel boring machines (TBMs), which will soon be digging the two tunnels to connect the three stations along Section 1 of the Purple Line subway extension.

The contests will be open to students in grades K-12.

K-5th graders can enter the art contest, with illustrations of “their ideal community with the Purple Line Extension.”

And 6th-12th graders are invited to submit names for the two TBMs.  The suggestions must be in the form of a 200-word essay or two-minute video.

The prize bundle for the two contests is valued at more than $350, and includes a special commemorative Metro TAP card, personalized with the winning illustration and TBM names. The winning artwork and names will also be displayed on the side of the huge TBM machines at a ceremony during which they’re lowered into the tunnels, scheduled for next March.  Metro will also recognize the winners and award the prizes at the ceremony.

According to Metro, naming the TBMs comes from a centuries-old mining tradition honoring  Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners, who protects workers.  As the tradition evolved, those workers began naming their tunneling machines machines with female names before they began digging.

The contest will be open to entries through October 15. Visit for detailed rules, entry forms and submission information.  (Oh, and one final note: we’re guessing “Diggy McDigFace” probably won’t be the winning name.)


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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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