Name the new gender-neutral, friendly and enthusiastic Metro Transit mascot

Name this mascot!

TC Bear, Crunch, Goldy Gopher and Ragnar are getting a new friend.

Metro Transit, the agency that runs the bus and light rail lines is introducing its own mascot: a person wearing a costume with a round, red body and a white T.

The agency wants the public’s help in naming the mascot. Send suggestions through Twitter or Facebook feeds, or email through this page.

They want a name that’s gender-neutral, and indicates that the smiley fellow is friendly, helpful and an “enthusiastic transit user.”

Mr. T won’t work, they say, for copyright reasons.

The Facebook comments suggest names like Skip Traffic, Busty and Transy. But there are also many versions of: this is not a good mascot.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Will Stancil on 03/12/2015 - 10:50 am.

    That thing is a horrifying abomination.

  2. Submitted by Doug Gray on 03/12/2015 - 01:25 pm.

    dated but

    It’s Pat!

  3. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 03/12/2015 - 01:54 pm.

    Transit mascot thing name

    Tee-Hee!

  4. Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 03/12/2015 - 04:03 pm.

    Wow

    That. Thing. Is. Awful.

    It’s looks a bit like a Swiss flag had a baby with Mr Yuck. And why does it have normal human legs and feet and then giant oversized 4-fingered hands? And the red ‘body’ has a drop-shadow and the legs and hands don’t… I could write a treatise on how bad this is.

  5. Submitted by Steve Rose on 03/12/2015 - 05:31 pm.

    Those Hands

    Those four fingered white hands belong to Hamburger Helper; one of those hands appears on the front of every package.

    It looks like a do-over. Perhaps the process of designing and naming the mascot should be integrated. Rather than the mascot being based on the logo, it could be based on a transportation vehicle, bus or light rail train. That way, it would be better connected to what it is promoting.

    This mascot looks a lot like Memorial Blood Center’s ABO Joe, a whole unit of blood.

  6. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 03/13/2015 - 08:25 am.

    And I thought the “A” & “B” mascots were bad…

    ….this is breathtakingly awful. It’s “T” for terrible.

  7. Submitted by Cindy Sawyer on 11/27/2018 - 03:32 pm.

    We are in the process of creating a mascot and trying to determine a gender. I am wondering, how does one write about a mascot that is gender-neutral? Some have suggested we have a gender-neutral mascot, but then what do we call it? An “it?” Since the mascot is a marketing/outreach tool, it will appear in marketing material, press releases, articles. How does Metro Transit intend to address this?

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