Running in the Peachtree Road Race? With MARTA next to the start and finish line, it is a convenient way to travel. See these tips for for using transit to plan ahead and make your trip easier.

1. Purchase Fare Early

If you plan to take MARTA to the Peachtree Road Race, purchase your fare as far in advance as possible, which can be done online if you already have a Breeze Card or at any MARTA station.

The Breeze Card machines can slow down due to an overload of processing, so purchasing in advance can save time waiting in line on the day of the race.

Additionally, MARTA sometimes has cash-only tables set up at several stations to provide additional options for buying fare while supplies last. Exact cash is needed ($2.50 for one-way fare).

2. View Special Rail Schedules

To accommodate runners, MARTA rail service will start by 5 a.m. on July 4 and operate every 12 minutes (every 6 minutes between the Airport and Lindbergh Center and between Ashby and Edgewood/Candler Park). View the printed July 4 MARTA rail schedule to learn more.

3. Park Wisely

Runners can park and ride at a variety of stations with free daily parking or be dropped off at a MARTA station. Parking at Lindbergh Center is a recommended option, as shuttle buses will also be available there to take riders to the start of the race starting at 6 a.m. and return runners back to Lindbergh Center at the finish line.

See MARTA Parking for other free places to park and ride the train. Park at stations with the 6-minute rail frequency to improve your commute experience (Candler Park, Inman Park or Lindbergh Center) or use metered street parking near the North Avenue, Midtown or Arts Center MARTA stations.

Additionally, Tech Square has a parking garage (770 Spring Street) and the Biltmore has a parking deck (5th and West Peachtree). Head to the North Avenue station entrance at 3rd and West Peachtree Streets from either of these locations.

4. Get on the First Available Train

You’ll need to connect with the red or gold line to reach the start of the Peachtree Road Race. You can take a red line train to the Buckhead MARTA station or a gold line train to Lenox. The Lenox MARTA station is the prefered option, but if you’re eager to get to the start line, board the first train that arrives and exit at the appropriate station.

Reminder that if you are traveling from the blue or green line, transfer to the first northbound train at the Five Points MARTA station.

5. Choose From Several Commute Options After the Race

The Peachtree Road Race ends on 10th Street next to Piedmont Park. The closest MARTA station is the Midtown MARTA station, which is also on 10th Street. Signs direct runners back to MARTA, usually via 8th Street. In addition to train access, shuttle buses will also be available at the station to take participants to the Lindbergh Center — a great option if you parked your car there, though the train ride is faster.

You can also request an Uber or Lyft car (use promo code MARTAGuide if you are a first-time Uber rider to get $20 off your first ride).