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More station name signs

Right now, it can be difficult to see from inside the train what stop you are at. We should have more signs to the station so people in a train car can see what station they are stopped at.

Photo by mirsasha on Flickr.

I think we should have more signs on the wall, saying the name of the station. The pillars with station listings only use two sides--the other two could say what the stop is.

You can print out giant stickers and put them on the pillars. Even if you can't do the wall signs, the pillars should be cheap and easy.

Submitted by: Hester G., Cheverly, MD


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Totally agree. This would fix a very annoying design defect of Metro stations.

by Pier on Aug 11, 2016 11:29 pm • linkreport

Voting for more station name signs.

by Kevin K on Aug 12, 2016 12:28 am • linkreport

Great idea! I want to vote for more station name signs.

by Amanda on Aug 12, 2016 7:53 am • linkreport


by Vivian on Aug 12, 2016 11:26 am • linkreport

Great idea and a no-brainier. Especially with cars packed to the brim and packed station platforms, more station name signs are definitely needed.

by Rick Pike on Aug 12, 2016 2:23 pm • linkreport

Add to that more signage indicating which exit leads to which street so people don't have to walk to the end of the platform to realize they are going the wrong way.

by Erin Barrett on Aug 13, 2016 4:10 pm • linkreport

Unfortunately, just thought of this idea today, which I think echoes Erin's idea: the signs should indicate cross streets. For instance, it would be much more helpful for Shaw's sign to say: "8th & S" and '"7th & R" rather than "8th & R" and "Howard University" (the cross streets could be printed below the landmark).

by Liz P on Aug 14, 2016 2:23 pm • linkreport

Agree re more signs! (I posted this earlier on my own, but happy to pile on here!)

by Monte on Aug 18, 2016 10:02 am • linkreport

One problem is the low lighting in stations. Signs are too dark to read from a brightly-lit train interior, with reflections in the windows. Why not a simple spotlight on each sign?

by Matt O'Toole on Aug 25, 2016 10:48 am • linkreport

I agree withy Matt's comment: spotlights on the signs, but also every other sign displaying the cross-street information, and spotlights (or lighted signs like at Gallery Place) about the escalators' "destination". Generally - more lights in stations.

by George Toth on Aug 25, 2016 1:00 pm • linkreport

I agree, I have got off on the wrong stop a few times because from inside the car some of the train stops look the same and there was no sign in sight.

by Tangee H on Aug 25, 2016 1:52 pm • linkreport

Definitely, excellent idea. I'm often straining my neck to figure at which station we're entering. Please more signage on the station walls!

by SuzyQueue on Aug 25, 2016 3:52 pm • linkreport

The comments above are great suggestions that should be implemented regardless of whether this entry gets the most votes because they contribute to the achieving the level of quality the Metro system in the nation's capital should have.

by Erin Barrett on Aug 25, 2016 7:48 pm • linkreport

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