Riding public transit in Atlanta? If you have a smartphone, MARTA trip planning options and real-time train and bus information are just a download away. Here are three helpful apps to have on your smartphone to make your travel easier on MARTA.
Available on iPhone and Android devices, MARTA On The Go is the official MARTA app. In addition to maps and schedules, you can view the next arriving trains in real time or bus locations on a map. Use the favorite option to save the routes you use most, or press the “nearby” button to see the nearest bus stops and rail stations to your current location.
Don’t miss the alerts section as well to get the latest service updates, though you can also check Twitter or sign up for text alerts for information on delays, single tracking and elevator outages. Learn more about MARTA alerts.
Say goodbye to nuisance behavior with the See and Say app, which allows riders to report issues to MARTA police anonymously. A discreet camera is built-in for taking pictures, or provide detailed descriptions of the person and situation when submitting reports, including train car number, bus route, location and direction of travel.
Don’t be shy! Help make MARTA a pleasant experience. Fare evasion, smoking, playing loud music and panhandling are just some of the reasons to reach for the app. You can also text MARTA police at 404-334-5355.
For the best trip planner on the go, Google Maps is at the top of the list. In the app, search for your end destination then click on the train or person icon to get transit or walking directions. Click on “options” to set your preferred mode of travel: bus only, train only, shortest walk, fewest transfers or best route. Click on the departure time to adjust desired arrival or departure date and time to see the appropriate schedules.
As a bonus, with the GPS enabled, you can also see where you are at on the map as you walk or commute via bus, which is helpful to make sure you’re on the right path.