Last month, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) CEO Beverly Scott said that the transit agency would change the name of its Yellow train line, which goes to Doraville, home to a large Asian American community. The line will now be called Gold. MARTA serves the Atlanta area.
Scott said the details of the change have not been settled, but it would be phased in, which is less expensive than implementing it all at once.
“We’re thrilled,” Helen Kim, director of advocacy and education at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Doraville, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think this shows that MARTA heard our voice and they are sensitive to our concerns.”
Yellow has historically been used as a derogatory term for Asians.
Scott told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that MARTA had never intended to offend anyone. ♦