Ready, set, go! Last week, TriMet announced a contest to nickname the new Washington County Commuter Rail. No submissions have been received yet, but TriMet spokeswoman Peggy LaPoint expects "quite a few submissions" before the Oct. 1 deadline.
"It's like naming animals at the zoo. The community likes to get involved," says LaPoint. Nevertheless, the community has been timid in nicknaming the diesel beast that will snake through the suburbs of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville starting in the fall of 2008.
The winner (should one ever step forward) will receive an annual TriMet pass valued at $836. This golden ticket can serve as a year's worth of rides to work for commuters or a roving home from 5 am-1 am for hobos.
But save the snark, folks, LaPoint says that names should be "fun, but not funny."
Names that reflect the riders are more likely to be chosen by TriMet's mystery judges. So, submissions should reflect suburban commuters and
be fun. This could be more difficult than expected...
Submit your nickname entry to TriMet here
. And if you've got snarky, funny suggestions that wouldn't make TriMet's cut, post 'em right here in our comments section.