What’s in a name? For Metro, apparently a strict adherence to geography, even if it doesn’t make sense, says one incoming board member.
The transit agency is proposing to call its newest bus garage the Southwest Bus Garage. The site is the former home of D.C. Village, the city’s fraught emergency homeless shelter that is, yes, technically located in Southwest D.C.
But it’s in the bottom corner of Ward 8, on the east side of the Anacostia River by the Blue Plains sewer treatment plant and Bolling Air Force Base.
D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells, who will be sworn in as a new Metro board director on Jan. 27, took issue with the name. “I don’t believe this name really works to define where this facility really is,” he said Thursday in a Metro committee meeting.
He should know. His council district, Ward 6, covers a hefty chunk of Southwest, after all. He said that when people hear Southwest they tend to think of the neighborhood west of the Navy Yard near the Washington Channel and Washington Nationals Stadium, not east of the river.
But he had no vote at Thursday’s committee, as he hasn’t been sworn in to the Metro board.
And the rest of the committee voted to approve the name. All the bus garages are named for their locations, members argued.
There’s still a chance for Wells to win this first battle, though, as the full board must vote on the name before any official christening.