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MARTA to Douglasville

Douglasville is a small city west of Atlanta near I-20, and is not MARTA accessible.  There are regional buses operated by GRTA Xpress that travel to the area Monday-Friday on a very limited schedule:

  • Take any train heading downtown to the Five Points station and take the Forsyth Street exit out of the station to catch GRTA Xpress 461/462.  The bus departs only Monday-Friday between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Take a red or gold line train to the Civic Center station for GRTA Xpress 460.  The bus departs only Monday-Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The other option is to use MARTA and a taxi.  If coming from the blue or green rail line, board a H.E. Holmes Westbound train and take it to the H.E. Holmes station and arrange for a taxi there at 70 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive (about 17 miles from Douglasville).  If you are coming from the airport, Midtown, Buckhead or otherwise on the red or gold lines, take the train to the Five Points station and transfer to the Westbound train platform and wait for the H.E. Holmes train there.

For more information, see:
GRTA Xpress
MARTA Trip Planning Options
MARTA Station Interstate Exits
Train Schedules and Frequency

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Civic Center MARTA Station

The Civic Center MARTA station is located at 435 West Peachtree Street, in between downtown and midtown.  Red and gold line trains stop at the station, including all trains departing the airport.

What’s Nearby
The station is next to the Twelve Hotel and near Emory University Hospital Midtown, the W Hotel, Inn at the Peachtrees, Hyatt Place and several nice restaurants including Room and BLT Steak.  The Atlanta Civic Center and Georgia Aquarium  are also nearby, but you will have to walk about four blocks to get there (see area map). Be advised that when walking across town toward the Civic Center, take Ivan Allen Jr. and not Pine Street.  Pine Street has a homeless shelter and isn’t as nice of a walk.

Parking
There is no parking at the station.  A lane is available for passenger drop off and pick up on the southbound side of West Peachtree Street.

Buses
There are no MARTA buses that connect with this station, but the MegaBus drops off and picks up passengers at street level, on the northbound side of the street. The MegaBus offers inexpensive rides to other cities, including Charlotte, Chattanooga, Jacksonville, Orlando and Nashville.

Several commuter buses also drop off and pick up at this stop, including GRTA Xpress:

And CCT:

Commute Times
It takes 2 minutes to get to  Five Points and 18 minutes to the airport.

More Information
Civic Center Station Guide
Civic Center Station Area Pictures
Civic Center Station Restaurants
Atlanta Megabus FAQ
Top 5 MARTA Stations to Park and Ride
Interstate Exits for MARTA Stations

Long-term MARTA Parking

MARTA to Gwinnett

While MARTA does not extend into Gwinnett, you can connect to the Gwinnett County Transit System from the Doraville Station.  As the last stop on the MARTA gold line, the Doraville Station provides access to GCT Route 10 that travels up Buford Highway through Norcross, ending at the Gwinnett Transfer Center/Gwinnett Place Mall.  The transfer center allows connections between all five local GCT routes and seven express routes.

There is also GRTA Express Route 410 that goes directly from the Lindbergh Station to Sugarloaf Mills.  And GRTA Express Route 412 goes to Discovery Mills from the Civic Center and Arts Center Stations in addition to several other midtown stops in between.

GRTA Express is $3 one way or $5 roundtrip.  GCT rates vary by route, from $2-$4.  Transfers to/from MARTA are free and you can use your Breeze Card for Route 10.

A Gwinnett light rail system is on the list of projects that could be supported by a one-cent sales tax.  Voters can support light rail expansion by voting in the Fall 2012 election.