How do I get around on MARTA? | A guide

Will MARTA save the day?

OK, so by now you know that a massive fire that burned under I-85 caused portions of the Interstate to collapse and rendered other pieces of it useless. (Click here to see the moment the bridge collapsed)

An estimate 220,000 drivers use that section of interstate daily, but that's all changed now. So how do you get around? One big option is the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA

(If you absolutely must drive, 11Alive has tons of information on routes on our site.)

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OK, let's start with the basics:

Where can I catch MARTA and where does it go?

Most of the MARTA rail lines lie within the Perimeter and consists of four lines -- red, gold, blue and green -- that run north to south and east to west. All lines meet at the Five Points station, which is where riders can transfer to different lines. Outside of the Perimeter, MARTA bus routes connect neighborhoods to rail stations.

Most stations at the end of each line also have FREE parking for riders, though with anticipated increase in passengers, MARTA suggests they try to Kiss-n-Ride to and from stations.



RAIL SERVICE | Click here to get a map of the entire MARTA system.

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How do I get on MARTA and what’s a Breeze Card?

The MARTA Breeze Card is your literal ticket to riding MARTA. It’s a reloadable plastic card that riders tap to get through the faregates and onto the train platforms and buses. 

How much does it cost?

The Breeze Card costs $2.00 plus the additional fare and can be used for up to three years after it is purchased. MARTA is in the process of moving from blue Breeze cards to a more secure Silver Breeze card, and after March 31, blue cards can no longer be reloaded.



Blue card holders will still be able to use any remaining fare on their cards until July 9. After that, riders will only be able to use the new silver Breeze Card. 

Head to the Breeze Card site to read more on the transition.

When does MARTA run?

Trains typically run 5:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Buses run 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. 

During rush hours, MARTA trains usually run every 10 minutes, but MARTA has already announced that they would be expanding service to accommodate the extra passengers.



Spokesperson for MARTA Eric Burton told 11Alive that the plan to offer expanded service will be assessed on a "sliding scale." Burton said they were able to offer trains every five minutes during downtown Atlanta Friday morning, and trains were coming more frequently at the North Springs station, too. 



Burton said MARTA officials will be meeting periodically to recalibrate their service plans, which includes the option to add more trains to increase the frequency of trains to get wait times down. 

Does MARTA have an app?

Yes it does! The MARTA On the Go App can provide real-time bus and rail information, bus routes and other information. It is available in the App Store and Google Play.

Still have more questions? Here's MARTA's guide to riding and a page to their frequently asked questions.

Help us track MARTA performance during the I-85 workaround. Use #TrafficTracker to let us know what you're seeing on MARTA and detours. 

PHOTOS | Fire burning under Atlanta Interstate 

PHOTOS | Under the bridge aftermath

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