New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U will soon be no more.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority voted Thursday to rename the Metro station “NoMa-Gallaudet U.”
NoMa, named for the area north of Massachusetts Avenue, is in close proximity to Gallaudet University, the historic school for the deaf. It is a burgeoning neighborhood that city planners and local officials — including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) — have been striving to make more attractive to residents and business owners.
“Less than 20 years ago, NoMa was just a vision for the city,” Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa Business Improvement District, said in a statement. “Today NoMa is a vibrant and growing center of activity boasting tens of thousands of residents and office workers with more on the way ... the NoMa-Gallaudet U name literally puts NoMa on the map.”
The change is scheduled to go into effect in June 2012, and Metro station maps will include New York Avenue as a secondary name for one year so as not to confuse Metro riders.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.