Gold Line (MARTA)

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Gold Line
Logo of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.svg
MARTA CQ312 Gold Train.jpg
A Gold Line train on the viaduct north of Arts Center station
Type rapid transit
System Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Status operational
Locale Atlanta, Georgia
Termini Doraville (northeast)
Airport (south)
Stations 18 (4 Northeast, 6 North, Five Points, 7 South)
Opened 1981
Operator(s) MARTA
Rolling stock CQ310, CQ311, CQ312
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification third rail
Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground
Red & Gold Lines
North Springs Parking Ridestore
Sandy Springs Parking Ridestore
Dunwoody Parking
Doraville Parking
Medical Center Parking
Chamblee Parking
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Parking
Lenox Parking Ridestore
SR 400
Lindbergh Center Parking Ridestore
Armour Yard
Arts Center
North Avenue
Civic Center
Peachtree Center
Atlanta Streetcar
Downtown Loop
Five Points  Blue  &  Green  Lines, Ridestore
West End Parking
Oakland City Parking
Lakewood / Fort McPherson Parking
East Point Parking
College Park Parking
Airport Ridestore

The Gold Line is a rapid transit line in the MARTA rail system. It operates between Doraville and Airport stations, running through Doraville, Chamblee, Atlanta, East Point and College Park.

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 MARTA north-south 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.

Naming controversy[edit]

When the color-based name change was proposed, it was the Yellow Line at first. 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.[1] 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.[1]


listed from northeast to south

Station Code Opened Rail Line
Doraville [2] NE10 1992
Chamblee NE9 1987 [3]
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe [4] NE8 1984
Lenox [5] NE7 1984
Lindbergh Center [6] N6 1984     
Arts Center [7] N5 1982     
Midtown [8] N4 1982     
North Avenue [9] N3 1981     
Civic Center [10] N2 1981     
Peachtree Center [11] N1 1982 [12]      Atlanta Streetcar access
Five Points [13] 1981* [14]                [15]
Garnett [16] S1 1981     
West End[17] S2 1982     
Oakland City [18] S3 1984     
Lakewood/Fort McPherson [19] S4 1984     
East Point [20] S5 1986     
College Park [21] S6 1988     
Airport S7 1988 [22]      [23]
  • Note: The East-West (now Blue/Green Line) platform opened in 1979.



External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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