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Metro Wants The Public’s Help In Renaming A Light Rail Station

Metro wants to change the name of the station next to NRG Stadium and they’re looking for ideas.

Thousands of fans rode light rail to the NCAA Final Four at Reliant Stadium back in April.
Thousands of fans rode light rail to the NCAA Final Four at Reliant Stadium back in April.

When the football stadium opened in 2002 it was known as Reliant Stadium. In 2014 the name was changed to NRG, to reflect Reliant’s parent company.

But the rail station near the stadium is still known as Reliant. And with thousands expected for the Super Bowl in February, Metro’s Jerome Gray says they want to change the name to eliminate any confusion. He says they’re also looking for a name that will stand the test of time.

“Corporate entities can change and naming rights come and go,” says Gray. ” And so we don’t want to find ourselves in a position down the road of having to change the name again because of a corporate shift or a corporate change.”

And renaming the station won’t be cheap, with the cost estimated at about a half-million dollars. So why is it so expensive?

“Well, it’s because of the physical structure out there in changing it,” explains Gray. “The graphics out there at that location, the various platform windows that are out there that have the name on it. So you have the overhead signs, you have the maps on the platforms. You also have the marketing collateral that goes along with it.”

Metro is currently conducting an online poll, and some of the suggested names include “Astrodome” and “Holly Hall.” Gray says the full board will make the final decision on the name change and they’re expected to discuss it at this month’s meeting.

Click above to hear our full interview with Metro’s Jerome Gray on the station’s name change. 

 

 

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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