What Should Metro Name the Tunneling Machines Headed to Westwood for the Purple Line Extension? Bruins and Veterans Can Decide!

In the run-up to LA Metro's latest twin tunnel boring machines (TBMs) digging their way through the Earth for Section 3 of the Purple Line Extension Transit Project headed to UCLA and the VA Hospital, future riders are being called on to get creative. Before the TBMs begin their journey they need names and decoration! LA Metro is inviting UCLA affiliates, U.S. veterans, and L.A. residents to submit their ideas for two contests.

The subway line to the Westside will provide a high-capacity, high-speed, dependable commute option. This critically important rail project is anticipated to be running right on time for the 2028 Summer Olympics in L.A.

TBMs can't start work until they are given names. TBMs are generally named after women as a sign of good luck for the project ahead. Historically, tunnellers looked to Saint Barbara for protection; she is the patron saint for military engineers, miners and others who work underground. Take part by choosing a name and explaining the reasoning in a short essay or video.

These TBMs also need special artwork that is representative of the local community they will be tunneling under. LA Metro is seeking a painting, drawing, or collage that illustrates what the ideal community looks like with the Purple Line Extension subway.

The naming contest is specifically open to UCLA affiliates and U.S. veterans, with each group getting to name one of the two TBMs, while the art contest is open to all Los Angeles County residents.

Entries for both contests are due by July 30, 2020. Winners will receive recognition at an unveiling ceremony and prizes.

Enter today and make history!

Naming Contest Submission Form

Art Contest Submission Form  

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