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How to Take Transit in Atlanta

What's New — By Claudine Williams on November 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm
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Public transportation in Atlanta is called the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).  MARTA uses a transit card to pay admission for buses and trains. You can purchase a Breeze card for $1. The cards can be purchased from vending machines at MARTA stations. Once you buy a card, you can load money onto it, and use the card to pay for your fare. You can pay $9 for a day pass which will entitle you to travel on Atlanta’s public transportation for a day. A two-day pass is available for $14, or you can purchase a monthly pass for $95. Children who are under 46” can ride for free.

Before embarking on your trip, visit the MARTA website and plot your route. From the website you can determine which buses or trains you must take to reach your destination. You’ll also learn times to take the transit system, which will help you get to your destination on time. Get to the stops early, so you won’t have to hurry to try to make it to an approaching train or bus. Using the Breeze card is easier than carrying cash or carrying paper tickets, because all of the passengers’ money is in one place.

MARTA buses run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. (5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays)  and the trains run from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Many of the trains and buses run either every 15 minutes or every 20 minutes.

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