Avondale (MARTA station)

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Avondale
MARTA rapid transit station
Station statistics
Address 915 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Coordinates 33°46′31″N 84°16′55″W / 33.775277°N 84.281903°W / 33.775277; -84.281903Coordinates: 33°46′31″N 84°16′55″W / 33.775277°N 84.281903°W / 33.775277; -84.281903
Line(s)
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 823 spaces; Free Daily Parking
Bicycle facilities 10 spaces
Other information
Opened June 30, 1979
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code E7
Breeze Card Yes
Traffic
Passengers (2007) 6,400 (daily)[1] Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   MARTA   Following station
Blue Line
toward Indian Creek

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.

This station mainly serves Avondale Estates (although technically not located in the city limits) and Decatur Heights, as well as Clarkston, Druid Hills, Scottdale, Tucker, Northlake & North Decatur.

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.

Station layout[edit]

M Mezzanine Crossover between street and platforms
G
Ground/
platform level
Westbound Blue Line toward Hamilton E. Holmes (Decatur)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Westbound No passenger service
Eastbound No passenger service
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Blue Line toward Indian Creek (Kensington)

Clifton Corridor[edit]

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.[2] 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[edit]

Buses at this station[edit]

Northside Bays[edit]

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