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MARTA Can Keep You Out of Downtown Traffic This Weekend

With two college football games, a Braves game, the Atlanta Arts Festival, an event "For Sisters Only" and Elmo making music, Atlanta will be a busy place.

Now that the Breeze Card vending machines are working, taking MARTA downtown to see baseball, college football, look at some art in a park, hear music by Elmo or visit with some sisters.

On Saturday and Sunday, customers can take MARTA to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Arts Festival, to the Georgia World Congress Center for the For Sisters Only event, or to Philips Arena to see “Elmo Makes Music.” 

Sports fans can also ride MARTA on Saturday to Turner Field as the Braves take on the Washington Nationals in a big divisional matchup, to Bobby Dodd Stadium as Georgia Tech faces Virginia, or to the Georgia Dome for the Georgia State-UT San Antonio game. 

The weekend will be capped off on Monday with this season’s first Falcons home game in a matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome that will be featured on “Monday Night Football.”

For $2.50 each way (plus a $1 charge to purchase a Breeze card if you don't already have one), MARTA officials say it is by far the most affordable and convenient way to travel downtown on busy weekends. To avoid long lines, you can navigate the system in a “Breeze” by purchasing your fare card online in advance.

Be sure to buy a round-trip fare to get you to the event and then back home. You can't share a card, so if you’re expecting friends to attend these events with you, also purchase their cards in advance since each passenger must have their own Breeze card with fare loaded. MARTA will have additional staff and police on hand to assist patrons for these major events. Please be aware that MARTA rail service will end at 1 a.m.    

Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all MARTA’s daily parking facilities. Customers parking in the decks at Lindbergh Center Station must park in MARTA-designated areas and validate their parking ticket at machines inside Lindbergh Station to receive free daily parking.  MARTA has some designated lots which charge a fee.  

Visit MARTA online or call the Customer Service Center at 404-848-5000 for more information.

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