Avondale (MARTA station)
MARTA rapid transit station
|Address||915 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Parking||823 spaces; Free Daily Parking|
|Bicycle facilities||10 spaces|
|Opened||June 30, 1979|
|Passengers (2007)||6,400 (daily) 0%|
Avondale is an at-grade train station on the Blue Line of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail system . It has 2 island platforms; one for each direction. The center 2 tracks are not normally used for through service. Because of these middle tracks, it is not uncommon for trains to be bound for Avondale, having passengers change trains at Avondale. This station opened on June 30, 1979; From 1979 to 1993, this was the terminus of the East Line. This station has free parking (823 spaces) available on E. College Avenue.
It provides access to the Dekalb County Department of Family, and Children Services Center (DFACS). Bus service is provided at this station to: Emory University Hospital, Dekalb Medical Center, Clifton Springs Health Center, Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkson), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (formerly known as Dekalb Technical College), Open Campus High School, Georgia Department of Labor, Dekalb Farmers Market, North Dekalb Mall, Northlake Mall, Avondale Estates, Tucker, Virginia Highland and Mountain Industrial Boulevard.
East of the station is Avondale Yard, a train yard used to service, clean, store, and test the fleet of rolling stock it services. Adjacent to the yard is Laredo Bus Facility.
Avondale station is a proposed terminus for rapid transit along the Clifton Corridor, a proposed public transportation corridor stretching from Lindbergh Center eastwards, following the existing CSX rail corridor to Emory University, with possible continuation along the northern edge of Decatur via Suburban Plaza on N. Decatur Rd. and on to Avondale. As of October 2011, bus, light rail and heavy rail rapid-transit options are under consideration. The 1-cent sales tax upon which the Atlanta region will vote in Summer 2012 would provide funding for the line.
Landmarks and Popular locations served
Buses at this station
- Route 8 - North Druid Hills / Open Campus High School
- Route 36 - North Decatur Road / Virginia Highland
- Route 75 - Tucker / Lawrenceville Highway
- Route 114 - Columbia Drive / Clifton Springs Health Center