Some MARTA stations have a large number of riders, others colorful artwork. But other stations have more unusual features that make them much more interesting than the average stop. See the list below to explore some of the most unique sights at MARTA stations to add some adventure (or at least some trivia) to your commute.
The Civic Center MARTA station in downtown Atlanta is the only rail station in the world that is below ground and above a highway. The station straddles I-75/I-85 (see picture). The best view is from the highway, but you can also view the interstate by peering out the station windows. While you’re at the station, walk to the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights or get trendy at a bar or restaurant at the W Hotel.
The “tracks to no where” can be seen just outside the East Lake MARTA station on the blue rail line. A line was started, but never finished, that would have branched off and serviced Emory University and North Druid Hills (see an early MARTA station map). Exit the fare gates and veer right to go down to street level via North Parking. Turn west on Dekalb Avenue (toward downtown) to reach the start of the spur, which is on the ground below the existing MARTA tracks (see image). There was also a Northside Drive/Brookwood spur that was never built.
Not only does the Peachtree Center station have the tallest escalators in the Southeast, but it also has an old MARTA map on display with rail lines that were never built. Because of the map’s size and height on the wall, it likely hasn’t been removed since the station opened in 1982. For the tallest escalator, take the Ellis Street exit off the train platform and turn right after exiting the fare gates. The map is located in the escalator shaft at the John Portman/Peachtree Street West exit.
For one of the best views of the Atlanta skyline, head to the Lindbergh Center MARTA station. Next to the station are two parking decks on the south end (Garson and City Center). The rooftop decks at either station offer stunning views. These parking decks are also a great and central place to park for free to get to downtown and Midtown events.
It’s hard to miss the large, ornate building facade located on one wall of the Five Points station (pictured above). It is part of the Eiseman Building, which was demolished to make way for the station. Built in 1901, the building was at 47 Whitehall Street (renamed to Peachtree Street) and was a clothing store. Here’s a photo of the building before it was torn down.