Confucius once said, “If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.”
Seattle Metro just made Confucius very happy by correcting a long-standing error in its enunciator system. Previously, all stops referring to Broadway or Broadway East were announced on board as “Broadway Avenue,” a street that as far as we can tell, does not exist.
CHS brought the issue to the attention of Metro’s project manager for the enunciator system, Gary Shumway.
“A small project to clean up this data along Broadway and Broadway East a few years ago did not get finished. This incorrect data did not seem to cause any problems internally for Metro, so no one seemed to notice,” Shumway said. According to Shumway, the problem should have been fixed as of the weekend.
Below is an audio snippet of the erroneous “Broadway Ave” recording, taken on the #8 line:
For now, Broadway’s identity still doesn’t seem set on Metro’s website or in its route pamphlets, with the erroneous “Ave” tag appearing half the time and the correct name the other half.
But in the immortal words of Bill Shakespeare. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”