Most modern and forward-thinking metropolitan areas in the United States had the insight to begin building mass transit systems in the past few decades to serve the populace. These systems are able to move large numbers of people without polluting the air and don’t add to the traffic congestion either. They don’t take up parking spaces in the downtown, plus, those that ride them can forgo the purchase of a car, car insurance, gasoline, and the required maintenance of owning a car. Then, when the price of gas soared, these systems, such as Atlanta’s MARTA System, have gained in popularity among those on tight budgets as well. Here are some tips on how to access the MARTA system for best results.
Atlanta’s MARTA System
What does MARTA stand for? It means “Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.” If you Google it though, you’ll see that many people have sarcastically said it stands for “Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta.” That’s why you can’t always rely on Google results to give you the best information.
The system has a high-speed rail system at its core that runs from several of the outlying counties into dozens of rail stations. Then, riders can quickly go into the city of Atlanta or any of the other satellites stations and then ride another bus to their final destination.
Since bicycles are allowed on the trains and buses, those that prefer to access the system by bike are well served and then they can easily access the system by bike, ride into the core by rail, and then use their bikes again for short trips around downtown. Bikes are allowed to be parked and locked, for free in all parking garages, the airport, and downtown so long as they are not obstructing other traffic, vehicular or pedestrian. This makes riding a bike to work one of the easiest, healthiest, and least expensive ways to commute. By the way, we have a nice little access point right next to our Atlanta headquarters. There is also an integrated system for the disabled that can deliver those clients directly from their homes to jobs and medical appointments. The lift buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and can provide complete door to door service or door to other types of transit as well.
Here are the main MARTA stops for the NORTH/SOUTH LINE in Atlanta metro:
- Sandy Springs
- Arts Center
- North Avenue
- Civic Center
- Peachtree Center
- West End
- Oakland City
- Lakewood/Fort McPherson
- East Point
- College Park
Getting Through Atlanta is Easier with MARTA.
The rail system is at the core of the map extending out with 5 long arms into the surrounding area. A person only needs to find which bus takes them from their location to the nearest rail station and then take the rail line to their destination. On the website, it’s easy to plan a trip by entering your starting point and then your destination. After that, you can hit departing now, or enter a later time for departure as well. The application will show the bus numbers and routes that best suit your needs and you have the option of printing out the results.
Buses and trains run nearly 24 hours, from 4:45 in the morning until 1:00 AM in the early morning again on weekdays and 6 AM To 1 AM on the weekends. Normally the trains run every 20 minutes all day long except during peak hours in the morning and afternoon when they’re every 10 minutes instead.
Whether you’re just visiting or live in the Atlanta, Georgia area you can easily learn the system and get around by reading the available maps at many of the bus stops. Be sure to read our post about why Atlanta traffic is so bad if you’re skeptical about this traffic solution. Each bus also has plenty of smaller guides or pamphlets that can help you on the next leg of your journey. The system is very popular with riders and the it is considered to be one of the best operated in the nation.