January 17th, 2014 | by AARON MESH News | Posted In: Transportation

Working Kirk Reeves was the Most Suggested Name for the Transit Bridge

kirk reevesKirk Reeves performing outside Powell's in 2005. - IMAGE: Tom Oliver

Records show more than 840 people suggested TriMet name the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after street musician “Working” Kirk Reeves—far more than suggested any other name.

TriMet released its tallies of suggested names for the transit bridge this morning after a records request by WW and several other news outlets.

The list shows the idea to name the bridge after the late trumpeter, who committed suicide in 2012, had far more support than any of the four names TriMet announced as finalists on Wednesday.

Those four finalists are the Abigail Scott Duniway Transit Bridge; Cascadia Crossing Transit Bridge; Tillicum Crossing Transit Bridge, Bridge of the People; and Wy’east Transit Bridge.

A cursory look at the list of suggestions shows the second-most suggested name was “Bifröst,” the rainbow bridge from Norse mythology that led to the land of the gods. (Several people combined the two concepts by suggesting the Kirk Reeves Rainbow Bridge.)

Other rejected suggestions included the Caleb Porter Bridge, BOB, and the Tonya Harding Bridge.

Willamette Week reported on the campaign to name the bridge after Reeves last October.

 
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