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MARTA rail

MARTA rail
MARTA CQ310 leaving Chamblee Station at night IMG 1002.JPG
MARTA Société Franco-Belge CQ310 Gold train leaving Chamblee Station
TypeRapid transit
SystemMetropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
LocaleAtlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties, Georgia
TerminiNorth Springs (Red)
Doraville (Gold)
Indian Creek (Blue)
Edgewood/Candler Park (Green)
Airport (Red/Gold)
H.E. Holmes (Blue)
Bankhead (Green)
Stations38 (Five Points, 11 North, 4 Northeast, 7 South, 9 East, 5 West, 1 Proctor Creek)
Daily ridership216,400[1]
Opened1979 (East-West)
1981 (North-South)
Line length48 miles (77 kilometers)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrificationthird rail
Highest elevationelevated, underground, at-grade

MARTA rail network is composed of four service lines: the Red, Gold, Blue, and Green Lines. The Red and Gold Lines mainly run along the North-Northeast corridor, and the Blue and Green Lines run along the West-East corridor. The two corridors connect at the Five Points station and is the only station where all four lines could transfer.

Rail system

Map of the MARTA rail system

All trains are identified by their destinations, and an automated announcement system announces train destinations, bus and other transit connections, and landmarks that at each rail station.

During daytime hours, trains on the Red and Gold lines service the entire north-south trunk line and split north of Lindbergh Center (N6). All southbound trains are identified with a destination on electronic LCD signs on the front and sides of the train and on each car. After 8:30pm on weekdays and 8:50pm on weekends, the Red Line runs as a shuttle between North Springs (N11) and Lindbergh Center (N6), connecting to the Gold Line at Lindbergh Center.

Blue and Green lines service the east-west trunk line together between Ashby (W3) and Edgewood–Candler Park (E4). At Ashby, Blue Line service continues to H.E. Holmes (W5) while Green Line trains divert to Bankhead Station (P4). Green Line service terminates at Edgewood–Candler Park, while the Blue Line continues east to Indian Creek. After 8:30pm on weekdays and 8:50pm on weekends, Green Line service operates as a shuttle between Bankhead (P4) and as Vine City (stop W2).

MARTA switched to a color-based route naming system in October 2009. Previous system maps used orange to denote the North-South line and blue to the East-West line.

Many suburban stations offer designated free daily and paid long term parking in MARTA-operated park and ride lots. These stations also have designated kiss and ride passenger drop off parking spaces closest to the stations' entrances.


The MARTA rail system operates between approximately 5 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Headways per line consist of 10 minutes weekdays during rush hour and 12 minutes during midday, and 20 minutes nightly and weekends. In the case of two routes operating on the same tracks, headways decrease to 5 minutes during rush hour and 6 minutes during midday and 10 minutes on the weekends during the day. All rail lines operate 20 minutes during late night (8:30pm weekdays, 8:50pm weekends) mainly in part due to the Red Line only running from North Springs to Lindbergh Center stations; likewise with the Green Line from Bankhead to Vine City. Due to an ongoing rail system maintenance program, weekend headways are variable and may range from the normal 20 minutes to as much as 24 minutes, with the Green and Red lines occasionally being truncated all weekend. During weekends in the latter case, headways along the shared lines will increase from 10 minutes to 20 minutes[2]

Before budget cuts in 2005 affected the rail system, MARTA originally operated trains every eight minutes during the day on weekdays on each route, with the North-South Line operating on a combined four-minute headway between Lindbergh Center and Airport stations on the trunk. On Saturdays, it was every ten minutes (five minutes combined on the North-South Line trunk), and on Sundays it was every 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on the North-South Line trunk). At night, trains operated every 15 minutes.[3]


Blue & Green Lines
Indian Creek
East Lake
Edgewood/Candler Park
Inman Park/Reynoldstown
King Memorial
Georgia State
Five Points
Vine City
West Lake
Hamilton E. Holmes
Red & Gold Lines
North Springs
Sandy Springs
Medical Center
Lindbergh Center
Arts Center
North Avenue
Civic Center
Peachtree Center Atlanta Streetcar
Five Points
West End
Oakland City
Lakewood/Fort McPherson
East Point
College Park
South Yard & Shops
Airport Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • † denotes a terminal station
  • Until 1994, the NE codes were just N
Station Code Lines Jurisdiction Opened Station Entries/Day (2013)[4] Reference
Airport S7           College Park June 18, 1988 9,173 [5]
Arts Center N5           Atlanta December 18, 1982 6,605 [6]
Ashby W3           Atlanta December 22, 1979 1,791 [7]
Avondale E7      Decatur June 30, 1979 4,327 [8]
Bankhead P4      Atlanta December 12, 1992 1,903 [9]
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe NE8      Brookhaven December 15, 1984 2,357 [10]
Buckhead N7      Atlanta June 8, 1996 2,643 [11]
Chamblee NE9      Chamblee December 19, 1987 3,785 [12]
Civic Center N2           Atlanta December 4, 1981 2,692 [6]
College Park S6           College Park June 18, 1988 9,026 [5]
Decatur E6      Decatur June 30, 1979 3,821 [8]
Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center W1           Atlanta December 22, 1979 2,107 [7]
Doraville NE10      Doraville December 12, 1992 5,521 [9]
Dunwoody N9      Dunwoody June 8, 1996 3,545 [11]
East Lake E5      Atlanta / Decatur June 30, 1979 1,241 [8]
East Point S5           East Point August 16, 1986 4,571 [13]
Edgewood/Candler Park E4           Atlanta June 30, 1979 1,143 [8]
Five Points*                     Atlanta December 22, 1979 (East–West)
December 4, 1981 (North–South)
19,447 [8]
Garnett S1           Atlanta December 4, 1981 1,516 [6]
Georgia State E1           Atlanta June 30, 1979 4,055 [8]
H. E. Holmes W5      Atlanta December 22, 1979 6,480 [7]
Indian Creek E9      unincorporated DeKalb County June 26, 1993 5,612 [14]
Inman Park/Reynoldstown E3           Atlanta June 30, 1979 2,525 [8]
Kensington E8      unincorporated DeKalb County June 26, 1993 5,950 [14]
King Memorial E2           Atlanta June 30, 1979 1,517 [8]
Lakewood/Fort McPherson S4           Atlanta / East Point December 15, 1984 2,207 [10]
Lenox NE7      Atlanta December 15, 1984 3,284 [10]
Lindbergh Center N6           Atlanta December 15, 1984 8,604 [10]
Medical Center N8      Sandy Springs June 8, 1996 1,629 [11]
Midtown N4           Atlanta December 18, 1982 5,664 [6]
North Avenue N3           Atlanta December 4, 1981 5,045 [6]
North Springs N11      Sandy Springs December 16, 2000 6,436 [15]
Oakland City S3           Atlanta December 15, 1984 4,432 [10]
Peachtree Center N1           Atlanta September 11, 1982 7,453 [6]
Sandy Springs N10      Sandy Springs December 16, 2000 2,322 [15]
Vine City W2           Atlanta December 22, 1979 821 [7]
West End S2           Atlanta September 11, 1982 7,056 [6]
West Lake W4      Atlanta December 22, 1979 1,378 [7]

Historical timeline

This is a list of key dates which led to the formation of the MARTA stations along the established rapid rail lines.[16]

  • June 30, 1979 – MARTA's first train, the East Line, began operating between Avondale and Five Points Station. It also marked the start of MARTA's combined bus and rail service.
  • December 22, 1979 – MARTA's second train, the West Line, began operating between Hightower (H.E. Holmes) and Five Points Station.
  • September 1982 – the Peachtree Center and West End stations, along the North Line began service.
  • December 1982 – the Arts Center and Midtown stations began service.
  • December 1984 – five new stations opened: Lindbergh Center, Lenox, Brookhaven, Oakland City and Lakewood/Fort McPherson. The South Line was introduced.
  • August 1986 – the East Point Station opened, extending the South Line by about two miles. A little more than a year later, the Chamblee Station began service and served as the temporary end of the Northeast Line.
  • June 18, 1988 – the Airport Station opens, and becomes the southern terminus of the North-South Line.
  • December 12, 1992 – The Bankhead Station/Proctor Creek Line went into service.
  • December 29, 1992 – The Doraville Station opens and becomes the northern terminus of the Northeast Line.
  • June 26, 1993 – MARTA extended East Line services through Kensington to Indian Creek Station – the first time the rail line went beyond the I-285 perimeter.
  • June 8, 1996 – MARTA extended North Line services through Buckhead, Medical Center and Dunwoody Stations.
  • 1999 – MARTA announced a partnership with BellSouth to create the Lindbergh Transit Oriented Development (TOD), a live, work and play community built around a rail station and the largest multi-use development of its kind in the United States at the time.
  • December 16, 2000 – MARTA opened two new rail stations – Sandy Springs and North Springs – on the North Line.
  • October 1, 2009 – MARTA renames its lines based on colors instead of directions.
  • February 2010 – MARTA agrees to rename the Yellow Line as the Gold Line in response to outcry from members of the Doraville Asian community.[17]


See also

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  12. ^ Roughton, Jr., Bert (December 20, 1987). "MARTA officials open Chamblee rail station amid union protests". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. B3.
  13. ^ Roughton, Jr., Bert (August 17, 1986). "East Point starts a new era – First MARTA train pulls in as city observes 99th year". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. B1.
  14. ^ a b Beasley, David (June 25, 1993). "Transit expansion – MARTA on the move – New stations push rail system beyond the Perimeter". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. D1.
  15. ^ a b Shelton, Stacy (December 18, 2000). "MARTA christens 2 new stations – North Fulton riders report few problems". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. B1.
  16. ^ Douglas Sams. [1] Atlanta Business Chronicle, June 6, 2008
  17. ^ "Atlanta's 'yellow' train line changed after outcry". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta: Cox Media Group, Inc. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-12.