Vandals broke windows at MARTA's Peachtree Center station Saturday night. The agency will suspend service Monday night inside Atlanta, but continue to provide service outside the city. (MARTA PHOTO)

MARTA to suspend Atlanta service, keep running elsewhere

MARTA will suspend service again Monday night as protests continue to sweep across the metro area. 

But this time, the agency will continue to provide some service outside Atlanta. 

MARTA will suspend all rail, bus and paratransit service inside Atlanta at 9 p.m. Passengers within the city should board their last train by 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Streetcar service has already been suspended. 

Outside Atlanta, MARTA will provide the following service: 

RAIL SERVICE: 

From 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., MARTA will continue to provide rail service approximately every 20 minutes at all rail stations located outside the city of Atlanta: 

Trains will only operate between the following stations (as shuttles). 

• Doraville Station to Brookhaven Station 

• North Springs Station to Medical Center Station 

• Indian Creek Station to Decatur Station 

• Airport Station to East Point Station 

Trains will stop at all stations in between. 

BUS SERVICE: 

The following bus routes outside the city of Atlanta that service Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties will continue to operate from 9 p.m. until the end of scheduled service. 

15 – Candler Rd 

19 – Clairmont Rd 

39 – Buford Hwy – will terminate at Brookhaven Station 

84 – Washington Rd/Camp Creek Marketplace 

86 – Fairington Rd. 

89 – Old National Hwy/Union City 

111 – Snapfinger Woods 

117 – Rockbridge Rd/Panola Rd 

120 – East Ponce De Leon Ave 

121 – Memorial Dr/Hairston Rd 

185 – Alpharetta/Old Milton Pkwy 

191 – Riverdale/ATL International Terminal 

192 – Old Dixie/Tara Blvd 

193 – Morrow/Jonesboro 

196 – Upper Riverdale/Southlake 

Regular service inside Atlanta will resume Tuesday morning. 

It’s the third consecutive night that MARTA has suspended service. On Saturday and Sunday, the agency stopped all service – including service outside the city – because of Atlanta’s 9 p.m. curfew. 

Saturday’s decision has drawn criticism from those who say the move caught transit-dependent customers off guard – giving them less than an hour’s notice that service would be canceled. 

Georgia Stand-Up, a local advocacy group, has called for MARTA to offer “an apology and at least a day of free rides to all to show they heard and understand the impact of their decision to shut down MARTA on a Saturday night.”

MARTA said it was the best move to ensure the safety of customers and employees.

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David Wickert
David Wickert
David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois...
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