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Operator MARTA
System Type Metro
Year Opened 1979
# of Lines 4
# of Cars 252
Mileage 48 miles
Gauge Std
Stations 38
Power 3rd rail
Fare Media Tokens
Website MARTA
Data Date 2002
1st Visit 6/1996
Last Visit 9/2016
% Rode 50%

US > Southern Transit > Atlanta


MARTA runs this city's transit system. It consists of a bus and heavy rail system. MARTA is basically a two line system, North-South and East-West, with a few branches off of the mainlines. It provides service to the large Atlanta-Hartsfield Int'l Airport.

MARTA proved its weight in gold (pun intended) during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Without it, the Peachtree city would have been in gridlock! MARTA is typical of a 1980's style US metro system. The system is above ground along side freeways, or private right-of-way. Only the downtown portion is underground.  Atlanta no longer uses Tokens, they have switched to the Breeze card

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atl-hr02.jpg (33717 bytes)The heart of MARTA, Five Points where the North-South and East-West line converge. (6/96) Five Points Station (6/96)
Five Points Station (6/96) Eastbound train is descending into the Five Points Station. (8/31/07)
A Westbound train is seen leaving the tunnel just west of Five Points Station. (8/31/07) Five Points (9/21/16)
Five Points (9/21/16) Five Points (9/21/16)
Peachtree Station entrance (9/21/16) Peachtree Station (9/21/16)
Peachtree Station entrance (9/21/16) Peachtree Station (9/21/16)
Peachtree station (6/96) Peachtree station  (8/29/08)
atl-hr05.jpg (81809 bytes)MARTA Train preparing to leave Medical Center Station. (6/96) atl-hr01.jpg (35928 bytes)MARTA train leaving Medical Center Station on the new North Line. (6/96)
Medical Center Station (6/96) View of the College Park Station as seen from a plane taking off from Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport. (8/31/07)
Georgia State Station (9/21/16) Georgia State Station (9/21/16)
Train at the Airport station (8/29/08) Train at the Airport station (8/29/08)
Airport Station (9/21/16) Airport Station (9/21/16)
Airport Station (9/21/16) Airport Station (9/21/16)
MARTA from the air by the airport (1/5/17) MARTA from the air by the airport (1/5/17)
Train interior (9/21/16) Train interior (8/29/08)
Train interior (9/21/16)  

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