The Atlanta Falcons play the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at the Georgia Dome — the last football game to ever be held in the venue. There’s no doubt that the event will draw a large crowd, so if you don’t have parking reserved or don’t want to deal with traffic, MARTA is a great commute option. Here are three things to know if you’re planning to ride the train.
1. Extra rail service
Game day is on Sunday, which typically means MARTA trains operate on a 20-minute frequency. However, extra trains will be running to handle the crowds. For a quicker rail commute, park at a MARTA station on the combined red and gold line: Lindbergh Center in the north or West End, Lakewood, East Point or College Park south of downtown.
Tip: Download the MARTA on the Go app to know the next arriving trains in real-time to avoid any long waits on the train platform and to plan your commute to a rail station if you plan to park and ride. Always arrive 5-10 minutes early to allow time for walking to the train platform.
2. Buy fare in advance
A lot of people will be heading to the Georgia Dome (and leaving it) at the same time. There will likely be lines at the fare vending machines. Save yourself time by adding two trips to your Breeze Card (or buying a fare card or ticket with fare) before Sunday. You can add fare online if you already have a Breeze Card, or stop by any MARTA station to use the vending machines.
Remember: Each person in your party needs to have their own fare card or ticket.
3. Consider alternate stations
The Dome MARTA station has a direct entrance into the Georgia Dome. But if you aren’t fond of big crowds, you can choose from three other MARTA stations.
Vine City is directly next to the Georgia Dome on the blue and green line. This is a great stop to consider if you are parking at the H.E. Holmes, West Lake, Inman Park, Candler Park, East Lake, Avondale or Indian Creek MARTA stations.
If you are commuting from a station on the red or gold line, consider exiting at the Peachtree Center MARTA station and walking from there to avoid some of the crowds. Walking time is about 18 minutes if you don’t mind the stroll through a historic and touristy part of downtown (stop for food or drinks on the way to break up the walk — Sidebar and Park Bar are two options).
- Follow signs to the John Portman then Peachtree Street West exit.
- At street level, turn right and right again at the first stoplight, Andrew Young International Blvd.
- Follow the street through Centennial Olympic Park to reach the Georgia Dome.
You can also walk from Five Points, but the walk isn’t as nice and the area tends to have more crime. Walking time is also 18 minutes.
- Take the Broad Plaza exit out of the station near the RideStore
- Walk through the plaza to Marietta Street and turn left.
- Walk to Andrew Young International at the far end of the CNN Center and turn left.