- Gold Line (MARTA)
Overview Type rapid transit System Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Status operational Locale Atlanta, Georgia Termini Doraville (northeast)
Stations 18 (4 Northeast, 6 North, Five Points, 7 South) Operation Opened 1981 Operator(s) MARTA Technical Electrification third rail Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground Red & Gold LinesLegend North Springs Parking, Ridestore Sandy Springs Parking, Ridestore Dunwoody Parking Interstate 285 Doraville Parking Medical Center Parking Chamblee Parking Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Parking Buckhead Lenox Parking, Ridestore Georgia 400 Lindbergh Center Parking, Ridestore Interstate 85 Arts Center Midtown North Avenue Civic Center Peachtree Center Five Points East-West Line, Ridestore Garnett Interstate 20 West End Parking Oakland City Parking Lakewood/Fort McPherson Parking East Point Parking College Park Parking Interstate 85 Airport Ridestore
The Gold Line was previously called the Northeast-South Line until MARTA switched to a color-based naming system in October 2009. The North-South Line, from its launch, was considered one line (denoted with the Orange Line color on old system maps) until 2006 when the North Branch and the Northeast branch were redesignated as the North-South Line (the current Red Line) and the Northeast-South Line (the current Gold Line). Technically, with the 2009 designation change, there is no longer a mention of the color orange for the line.
The rail line was part of the initial launch of MARTA rail service in 1981. The first segment ran from the Garnett to the North Avenue stations, although the Peachtree Center opened the year after as an infill. In 1982, it expanded north to Arts Center, and in 1984, expanded as far north as Brookhaven and as far south as Lakewood/Fort McPherson. The East Point station opened, extending the line two miles to the south. A little more than a year later, the Chamblee station began service and served as the temporary terminus of the North Line. In 1988, the Airport station opened, and became the terminus of the South Line. In 1992, the North-South Line was extended northward to its current terminus at Doraville. In 1996, MARTA extended North Line services to Dunwoody. This created two branches of the North Line, and the Doraville branch was redesignated as the Northeast Line to avoid confusion. It finally extended north to its current terminus at North Springs in 2000.
Now known as the Gold Line, it shares trackage with its counterpart, the Red Line, between Airport and just north of the Lindbergh Center.
When the color-based name change was proposed, the planned name for this line was the Yellow Line. However, in February 2010, the name was revised to Gold in order to address a concern among the Asian-American residents along the rail corridor. The section of the Gold Line that is not shared by the Red Line has a significant number of Asian-American residents, to whom the term "yellow" is considered derogatory.
- ^ a b Ariel Hart (2010-02-11). "MARTA changes “yellow” line to “gold”". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://blogs.ajc.com/gold-dome-live/2010/02/11/marta-changes-yellow-line-to-gold/. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
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