The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is ramping up its efforts later this week in anticipation of two major Independence Day events.

MARTA will provide additional rail, bus and Mobility service July 4 for the 50th running of the Peachtree Road Race in Buckhead and Midtown that morning and fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta that night.

MARTA is also preparing for the Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo, which the Atlanta Track Club is hosting in conjunction with the Peachtree Road Race. It will take place July 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C in downtown Atlanta. MARTA users should exit at the Vine City station to enter Hall C. Breeze tickets are available for purchase at the event.

July 4, MARTA rail service will begin at 4 a.m. At 6 a.m., the south end of the Buckhead station will close for the race. As an alternate route, residents can use the pedestrian bridge exit on the north end of the platform and walk to the starting area near Lenox Road/Buckhead Loop.

Exit at the Dome or Peachtree Center stations for evening fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park.

The Atlanta Streetcar will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

MARTA bus service will include shuttles running between the Lindbergh and Lenox stations beginning at 4 a.m. MARTA Mobility buses will transport wheelchair athletes to and from Lenox station. Bus service will run on a Saturday schedule.

New this year: Buses will be staged at 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue post-race to provide transportation to the Lindbergh station for those passengers heading north. Many buses will be rerouted for the race and fireworks.

Know before you go:

Purchase a round-trip ticket to avoid long lines on the return. You must have a Breeze ticket or card to board the shuttle buses.

  • Runners may wear a fuel belt only; no backpacks or bags are allowed in the start corrals.
  • Restrooms are available at 16 rail stations, with additional portable toilets stationed at Lindbergh and Midtown Stations. See a rail map for details.
  • Uniformed MARTA police officers and staff will be at all locations if you need assistance.

For more information, visit www.itsmarta.com.

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