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MARTA issues, fires cause problems on major transit rail routes

More commuting problems reported across Atlanta Super Bowl weekend as MARTA experiences mechanical issues.

ATLANTA — Hundreds of Super Bowl attendees and Atlanta residents have been delayed Saturday ahead of the big game due to multiple issues tied to MARTA's tracks and trains.

Fires near the tracks of the Brookhaven station caused a MARTA train to turn back at Lenox Station and begin a bus bridge to the Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville stations.

Southbound service resumes at Lenox station.

But, on Twitter, some are complaining that those buses aren't running.

Among the latest was a mechanical issue involving a train on the northbound track in the Peachtree Center station

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According to MARTA, they had to get people off the train and get the train off the tracks before normal traffic could continue. The trains later resumed heading north and south from the station.  

It's just one of a handful of issues around the metro Atlanta area involving the trains. Trains on the gold line were single-tracked between Brookhaven and Doraville due to fires along the track between the stations Saturday evening.

Northbound trains were later blocked entirely past Brookhaven due to the fires though they were later able to reopen.

More issues appeared as crowds swarmed downtown Atlanta for the close-out musical events of the Super Bowl LIVE concert series with parking at stations nearly filling up - and MARTA offering a Lyft discount to people who took the ride-sharing service to their stations.

When the shows finally let out, MARTA was forced to shut down the Atlanta Street Car due to all the people walking - and driving - in the area.

The issues come as MARTA gets some of its heaviest use due to the Super Bowl coming in roughly 24 hours. Many of the stations are reporting parking near capacity in the final day before the momentous event.

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