Emergency situations on MARTA are rare, but they come as a surprise to some commuters who aren’t familiar with common procedures. See below for information on how to navigate around service problems and learn what typically causes MARTA to temporarily shut down. Remember to use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals and OneBusAway for real-time bus arrivals during delays.
MARTA station emergencies or problems with rail lines commonly occur when there are mechanical or electrical problems, fires, flooding, injuries or bomb scares/threats. Typically one or more stations are shut down until the issue is resolved.
If an incident happens on a rail line and there is a need to evacuate a rail car, use caution and be sure to avoid the electric “third rail” and stay on walkways to reach an exit. Watch the video above for more evacuation information.
A bus bridge is bus service that picks up passengers at a closed rail station and transports them to the next open station, so even if rail service is discontinued, MARTA provides bus shuttles as quickly as possible.
If you don’t want to wait for and use the bus bridge, Uber and Lyft service much of the Metro Atlanta area. Uber now offers a carpool option for cheaper rates if you want to ride with other commuters. New to Uber? Use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride.
Depending on your location, a local bus stop might be nearby that can help you continue your commute. Use the MARTA on the Go app (Nearby menu option) or OneBusAway app (Map menu option) to view stops near your current location or use Google Maps to view all your transit commute options.
If you used a Breeze Card to pay your fare, it is free to transfer to another bus, from bus to rail and rail to bus, so it won’t cost you a thing to change your travel route.
Some of the top bus routes to know that are helpful during rail emergencies:
Bus 110(red/gold line alternative) Bus 110 travels on Peachtree Road/Street from Lenox Mall to Five Points, connecting with or traveling close to the Lenox, Buckhead, Arts Center, Midtown, North Avenue, Civic Center, Peachtree Center and Five Points MARTA stations (view map)
Bus 6and 36 (north/east line transfer)
Avoid a problem at Five Points and travel between the red/gold line and the blue line via bus 6, which departs from the Lindbergh Center and Inman Park MARTA stations (view map)
Bus 36 also connects the north/south and east/west lines. The bus travels between the Midtown and Avondale MARTA stations (view map)
Bus 42 (south line alternative) At Five Points, transfer to bus 42 to reach the Lakewood MARTA station to avoid a problem on the south line at Garnett, West End and Oakland City (view map)
Bus 3 (blue line alternative) Bus 3 is a great east-west route. On weekdays, the bus travels from H.E. Holmes to Five Points and on to the Candler Park MARTA station, covering a large portion of the blue line (view map)