MARTA Société Franco-Belge CQ310 Gold train leaving Chamblee Station
|System||Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority|
|Locale||Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties, Georgia|
|Termini||North Springs (Red)|
Indian Creek (Blue)
Edgewood/Candler Park (Green)
H.E. Holmes (Blue)
|Stations||38 (Five Points, 11 North, 4 Northeast, 7 South, 9 East, 5 West, 1 Proctor Creek)|
|Line length||48 miles (77 kilometers)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Highest elevation||elevated, 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.
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
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.
|Station||Code||Lines||Jurisdiction||Opened||Station Entries/Day (2013)||Reference|
|Airport†||S7||College Park||June 18, 1988||9,173|||
|Arts Center||N5||Atlanta||December 18, 1982||6,605|||
|Ashby||W3||Atlanta||December 22, 1979||1,791|||
|Avondale||E7||Decatur||June 30, 1979||4,327|||
|Bankhead†||P4||Atlanta||December 12, 1992||1,903|||
|Brookhaven/Oglethorpe||NE8||Brookhaven||December 15, 1984||2,357|||
|Buckhead||N7||Atlanta||June 8, 1996||2,643|||
|Chamblee||NE9||Chamblee||December 19, 1987||3,785|||
|Civic Center||N2||Atlanta||December 4, 1981||2,692|||
|College Park||S6||College Park||June 18, 1988||9,026|||
|Decatur||E6||Decatur||June 30, 1979||3,821|||
|Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center||W1||Atlanta||December 22, 1979||2,107|||
|Doraville†||NE10||Doraville||December 12, 1992||5,521|||
|Dunwoody||N9||Dunwoody||June 8, 1996||3,545|||
|East Lake||E5||Atlanta / Decatur||June 30, 1979||1,241|||
|East Point||S5||East Point||August 16, 1986||4,571|||
|Edgewood/Candler Park||E4||Atlanta||June 30, 1979||1,143|||
|Five Points*||–||Atlanta||December 22, 1979 (East–West)
December 4, 1981 (North–South)
|Garnett||S1||Atlanta||December 4, 1981||1,516|||
|Georgia State||E1||Atlanta||June 30, 1979||4,055|||
|H. E. Holmes†||W5||Atlanta||December 22, 1979||6,480|||
|Indian Creek†||E9||unincorporated DeKalb County||June 26, 1993||5,612|||
|Inman Park/Reynoldstown||E3||Atlanta||June 30, 1979||2,525|||
|Kensington||E8||unincorporated DeKalb County||June 26, 1993||5,950|||
|King Memorial||E2||Atlanta||June 30, 1979||1,517|||
|Lakewood/Fort McPherson||S4||Atlanta / East Point||December 15, 1984||2,207|||
|Lenox||NE7||Atlanta||December 15, 1984||3,284|||
|Lindbergh Center||N6||Atlanta||December 15, 1984||8,604|||
|Medical Center||N8||Sandy Springs||June 8, 1996||1,629|||
|Midtown||N4||Atlanta||December 18, 1982||5,664|||
|North Avenue||N3||Atlanta||December 4, 1981||5,045|||
|North Springs†||N11||Sandy Springs||December 16, 2000||6,436|||
|Oakland City||S3||Atlanta||December 15, 1984||4,432|||
|Peachtree Center||N1||Atlanta||September 11, 1982||7,453|||
|Sandy Springs||N10||Sandy Springs||December 16, 2000||2,322|||
|Vine City||W2||Atlanta||December 22, 1979||821|||
|West End||S2||Atlanta||September 11, 1982||7,056|||
|West Lake||W4||Atlanta||December 22, 1979||1,378|||
This is a list of key dates which led to the formation of the MARTA stations along the established rapid rail lines.
MARTA rail station sign at Arts Center