Name Your New Purple Line Subway Stations

Well, it looks like “Wilshire/La Brea,” “Wilshire/Fairfax,” and “Wilshire/La Cienega,” aren’t specific enough names for our new Purple Line Extension subway stations.  Or, maybe they’re too specific, and something a bit more romantic is in order.  Either way, Metro is now asking for community input on what each of the new stations should be called.

The transportation agency has posted a new public poll to solicit name suggestions  The poll page says:

Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension Transit Project will add three new stations and 3.92 miles of new subway to Metro’s Rail system. The three new stations will be located at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. The project will extend the current Purple Line from Koreatown through Miracle Mile and is expected to begin operations in 2023.

Metro staff originally developed a set of geographically-based names for these stations and are now seeking input on those names. For more information about the station naming process, take a look at the Station Naming Fact Sheet .

Your proposals for the station names should reflect the following principles:

Transit system context
Property area context
Neighborhood identity

To submit your suggestions, go to the poll page at

It will definitely be interesting to see what people come up with.  For example, is “Miracle Mile” more appropriate for the La Brea station or the Fairfax station?  Or could they divide the three stations into something like “Miracle Mile East,” “LACMA/Petersen” and “Miracle Mile West”?  Or maybe give some love to other adjacent neighborhoods like “Sycamore Square, “La Brea/Hancock,” or just the more widely known “Hancock Park” (even if none of the stations are actually located within the official boundaries of Hancock Park)?  Or maybe just “Mid-City West” for at least one of them.

All we do know at this point is that “Stationy McStationface” probably won’t cut it.

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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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