Additional bus routes take commuters to MARTA stationsApril 7, 2017
Gwinnett County Transit and the state’s Xpress Service working to help commuters after I-85 collapse
In response to the collapse of the I-85 interstate in Atlanta, Gwinnett County Transit and Xpress have added new MARTA Feeder express service to take riders from the six Gwinnett and Xpress Park & Ride lots to the Chamblee and Doraville MARTA stations. From there, commuters can access rail service into Atlanta in the morning and return home again in the afternoon.
The three GCT Park & Ride lots are located at:
The three Xpress Park & Ride lots are located at:
Depending on which lot you choose, the MARTA Feeder buses leave the Gwinnett and Xpress Park & Ride lots in the morning between 5:30am and 9:15am and depart the Chamblee and Doraville MARTA stations in the afternoon between 3:35pm and 6:05pm. Starting Monday, a GCT “sweeper” route will run out of Chamblee at 7:00pm, stopping by all three GCT Park & Ride lots.
The MARTA Feeder service began this week in response to the fire that brought down a section of I-85 on March 30. The Feeder routes are in addition to the modified Xpress and GCT Express routes, which continue to make trips downtown from all six Park & Ride lots. Instead of trips straight down I-85 to downtown, the regular Express routes now travel via I-85 to I-285 and then to I-20. The longer route and travel times are reflected in the adjusted schedules. To access the Xpress schedules, click here. To access the GCT schedules, click here.
Due to the unexpected nature of this event, GCT and Xpress are using established Express route fares. Feeder routes for GCT will cost either $3.75 or $5 for a one-way trip from the Park & Ride lots to the MARTA station. Feeder routes for Xpress will cost either $3 for green zone lots or $4 for blue zone lots. Commuters are urged to load cash value onto a Breeze Card or to bring exact cash. The bus drivers have no way to make change. Click here for more information on the Breeze Card, which is a regional fare system.
GCT and Xpress buses will drop off and pick up riders at the corner of New Peachtree Road and Central Avenue near the Doraville MARTA station due to limited access to the station. Riders to the Chamblee MARTA station will be dropped off and picked up at the West Bus Loop.
Gwinnett County and Xpress urge residents to call the GCT Customer Service line at 770.822.5010 or Xpress Customer Service line at 1.844.9777 or visit their websites at www.gctransit.com and www.xpressga.com to help plan the commute. For some, telecommuting and flex scheduling provide additional options to avoid the peak travel times into Atlanta.