HAYWARD -- The name on the city's main BART station will remain Hayward.

The City Council turned down a proposal to see how much it would cost to change the name to Downtown Hayward. The council on Tuesday rejected spending almost $2,000 to get a cost quote.

It takes $600,000 to $5.4 million to rename a BART station, according to a staff report. The price for the Hayward station likely would be toward the lower to midrange, the report said.

The city, not BART, would pay for changing the name, a BART spokeswoman said.

"In order to do it, we would have to change the signs, all our system maps, all the train maps and all our brochures," said Luna Salaver.

Councilman Greg Jones said he couldn't see paying for a quote because he was not going to support a name change, given the expected cost.

"It would be like me paying for an estimate to build a new house, knowing full well I can't afford to build it. Doesn't make sense," he said Thursday.

The city staff broached the idea because some of the name change expense could be shared. Oakland is considering changing the 19th Street/Oakland station name to 19th Street/Oakland Uptown, although its council has not voted on the plan yet.

Also, the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station name will be shortened to Coliseum when the Oakland airport connector opens this fall. The connector's new station will be called Oakland International Airport, said BART Director Robert Raburn.

The most recent station name change took place in 2010, when the Pleasant Hill station's designation was revised to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre. BART directors would need to approve any name changes.

"Name changes are a big deal. The last one was on the order of $600,000," Raburn said.

Changing the Hayward station's name would help avoid confusion with South Hayward and highlight that it's downtown, the staff report said.

Passengers prepare to board a train at the Hayward BART station (Jane Tyska, STAFF FILE)
Passengers prepare to board a train at the Hayward BART station (Jane Tyska, STAFF FILE)

"It would fall more in line with the current naming convention," said city spokesman Frank Holland. "Berkeley, for instance, has Downtown Berkeley and North Berkeley."

The council rejected exploring the idea on a 2-5 vote, with Councilwoman Barbara Halliday and Councilman Mark Salinas voting yes.

The Hayward and South Hayward stations opened in 1972.

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