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:
- 101 I-985/SR 20 P&R to downtown Atlanta
- 102 I-85 Indian Trail P&R to downtown Atlanta
- 103 I-85/Sugarloaf Mills P&R to downtown Atlanta
- Sugarloaf Mills to Reverse Commute – 103A from downtown Atlanta to I-85/Sugarloaf Mills