June 24, 2010

Getting Around Downtown Atlanta

By Clarise NixoncapThe two best ways to get around downtown Atlanta are by foot (for short distances) or (for longer distances) by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

MARTA is comprised of a bus and rail system that connects all parts of Atlanta. A single $2 fare covers one-way bus or train trips, including transfers. The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is MARTA accessible at two stations:

Buildings A and B use the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station (W-1)
Building C uses the (W-1) station or the Vine City Station (W-2)
For detailed maps of the GWCC area, please visit www.gwcc.com/directions/Maps.aspx.

Here are some more details:

  1. Signs will say “MARTA Bus Stop” or “MARTA Transit Station.”
  2. The signs are red, gold, and blue. Also, the trains and buses have strips of red, gold, and blue as well.
  3. There are information booths in each building at the GWCC, which are staffed during events. Anyone needing directions to the MARTA station may inquire at one of the booths. The MARTA station is closest to the main entrance in Building B—about one block away.
  4. There are white courtesy telephones, customer service personnel, and uniformed MARTA transit police available for those who need further assistance in the stations. Additionally, customers may call (404) 848-5000 to speak to Customer Information operators, who speak multiple languages.
  5. Bus riders may drop exact change into the fare box near the driver (no pennies). Bus/train riders may also purchase a Breeze Ticket or Card to “swipe.” In addition to the cost of fare, 50 cents will be added to the purchase of a Breeze Ticket to cover the cost of the ticket and $5 to the purchase of a new Breeze Card ($5.50 total), which includes two free trips. These cards/tickets can be purchased at Breeze Vending Machines located inside all rail stations. There are “targets” on fare boxes (bus) and entry gates (station) that customers have to “tap” their Breeze Card/Ticket on.
  6. Buses and train stations are wheelchair accessible. Buses have wheelchair lifts and offer seating in the front for senior citizens. The train stations have wide gates for those with disabilities. There are escalators and elevators as well. There is wheelchair space on one end of each railcar.


Clarise Nixon, Communication Department intern, Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists