MARTA Breeze card being used by a rider at a train station. The last time MARTA increased their afres was in 2011. Photo by Vino Wong
Photo: Ana Santos/Spinning our Wheels
Photo: Ana Santos/Spinning our Wheels

MARTA riders can now buy fares at pop-up shops in 3 counties 

MARTA riders will have additional places to purchase their fares through the end of the year. 

The transit system will have pop-up shops located throughout Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties, spokeswoman Stephany Fisher said. Right now, riders can purchase fares online, at RideStores or at vending machines inside MARTA stations. 

“The pop-up locations offer a more convenient option for bus-only riders, seniors, the disabled and others who prefer not to wait for delivery of cards purchased online,” Fisher said in a statement. “The community locations also increase options for those eligible for reduced fare cards, as applications are typically only available at two locations.”


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Virgil Fludd, MARTA’s assistant general manager of external affairs and communications, said MARTA decided to start pop-up retail locations after seeing their success in other industries. 

“We believe that bringing MARTA to the communities we serve is good customer service, and that always makes good business sense,” Fludd said.

Residents can purchase MARTA fares at the following locations

  • June 13, North DeKalb Senior Center at 3393 Malone Drive in Chamblee
  • June 20, Louise Whatley Library at 1463 Pryor Road in Atlanta 
  • June 27, Headquarters Library at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro 
  • July 11, Lou Walker Senior Center at 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia 
  • July 18, Harriet G. Darnell Sr. Multipurpose Center at 677 Fairburn Road in Atlanta 
  • July 25, Headquarters Library at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro 
  • Aug. 8, Wesley Chapel- William C. Brown Library at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur 
  • Aug. 15, Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing at 2489 Perry Boulevard in Atlanta
  • Aug. 22, Headquarters Library at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro
  • Sept. 12, Chamblee Library at 4115 Clairmont Road in Chamblee 
  • Sept. 19, Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center at 1250 Warsaw Road in Roswell 
  • Sept. 26, Headquarters Library at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro
  • Oct. 10, South DeKalb Senior Center at 6213 Riverdale Road in Riverdale 
  • Oct. 17, Dorothy C. Benson Senior Center at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs
  • Oct. 24, Charley Griswell Senior Center at 2300 Hwy. 138 in Jonesboro
  • Nov. 7, Frank Bailey Senior Center at 6213 Riverdale Road in Riverdale 
  • Nov. 14, Decatur Library (Meeting Room) at 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur 
  • Nov. 21, Hapeville Neighborhood Senior Center at 527 King Arnold Street in Hapeville 
  • Dec. 12, DeKalb Atlanta Senior Center at 25 Warren Street in Atlanta
  • Dec. 17, Headquarters Library at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro
  • Dec. 19, Sandy Springs Library Branch at 395 Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs

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