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MARTA to Lawrenceville

You must use the Gwinnett County Transit system to get to Lawrenceville, as MARTA only operates in Atlanta.  Route 40 goes to downtown Lawrenceville and travels on Old Norcross Road, Pike Street, Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville Highway and Sugarloaf Parkway, but only operates Monday through Friday.

To get to Route 40 on MARTA, there are several options:

  • Take a northbound Doraville train to the Doraville Station and get on Gwinnett County Transit Route 10 and exit at the Gwinnett Transfer Center or at Sugarloaf Mills.  From there you can pick up Route 40 deeper into Lawrenceville
  • Another way to get up to Gwinnett is to take GRTA Xpress Route 412 from the Lindbergh Center station or 410 outside the Arts Center, Midtown and North Avenue stations .  This route will get you to Sugarloaf Mills in about 30 minutes, where you can also transfer to Route 40.  However, this bus only runs Monday-Friday and does not offer return service, so you would have to take Route 10 back to MARTA.

This is a total monster of a commute, be advised.  Not counting the time it might take you to get to the Doraville or Lindbergh station, from there, you are looking at 35 minutes to the transfer center/Sugarloaf Mills.  If you need to travel onward into Lawrenceville, the end of the line on Route 40 at Sugarloaf Parkway and Five Forks Trickum Road is another 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Also, keep in mind that if you are traveling on the weekend, the best you can do is get to Sugarloaf Mills on Route 10 on Saturday only.  You could take a taxi from Discovery Mills (5900 Sugarloaf Parkway) to downtown Lawrenceville, which is about six miles away and will cost upwards of $15.

Several express buses also depart from the Lawrenceville/Gwinnett area and travel to downtown Atlanta:

For more information, see:
Gwinnett County Transit Routes
GRTA Xpress
Breeze Cards 101
MARTA Train Schedules and Frequency

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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.