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Fort Wayne Seeks Name For Tunnel Boring Machine

The City of Fort Wayne will be receiving a tunnel boring machine later this summer, but it’s missing one thing: a name!

The machine, 20-feet wide and 400-feet long, will help Fort Wayne dig a five-mile sewer tunnel in efforts to clean up the city’s rivers this summer. While awaiting its arrival, local schools, neighborhood supporters and city staffers were asked for ideas for a name.

Residents have now been invited to cast their votes, and have four potential names to choose from:

  • Buster or Bedrock Buster: The machine digs deep underground. While digging, the machine “busts” through bedrock. The machine is designed to break apart rocks and tear through them.
  • Daisy or Daisy the Digger: During World War II, Fort Wayne’s professional women’s baseball team was named the Daisies. This name honors the groundbreaking and earthshattering role of the Daisies, who helped pave the way for women’s professional sports.
  • MaMaJo: A tribute to Fort Wayne’s three rivers, Ma from Mary, Ma from Maumee and Jo from St. Joe. Pronounced “Mama Jo.” The tunnel will help protect Fort Wayne's rivers.
  • Wayne the Worm: This combines the name of our city and the purpose of the machine, which is to dig the tunnel in bedrock just like a large worm would dig a tunnel in the earth.

You can cast your vote for your favorite by following this link.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.