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New Names for 500 Bus Stops in Reykjavík

Over 500 Strætó bus stops will be renamed next month. RÚV reports that most of the stops in question have particularly long names deriving from two different streets or locations. The name changes are, therefore, intended to improve the readability of signage, both at stops and in the buses themselves.

Stops that currently carry the name of two places will be renamed for appropriate nearby landmarks. For example, Sæbraut/Vitastígur will be renamed Sólfarið, after the nearby seaside sculpture known in English as The Sun Voyager. Nauthólsvegur/Natura will be renamed Öskjuhlið after the tree-covered hill that’s home to Perlan. Hofsvallagata/Hávallagata will be renamed Landakot and Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík/MR will simply become MR.

Strætó is also currently at work on new information design to coincide with the Borgarlína, or Cityline bus project. This includes a redesign of its system map, timetables, and website.

The new bus stop names will go into effect on Sunday, August 15, the same day that Strætó will switch to its winter schedule.

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