Civic Center station (MARTA)

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Civic Center
MARTA rapid transit station
Location 435 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Coordinates 33°45′59″N 84°23′14″W / 33.766305°N 84.387209°W / 33.766305; -84.387209Coordinates: 33°45′59″N 84°23′14″W / 33.766305°N 84.387209°W / 33.766305; -84.387209
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections CCT, GCT, GRTA
Structure type Underground, elevated
Parking None
Bicycle facilities None
Disabled access Yes
Architect M. Garland Reynolds and Partners, Architects; Welton Becket Associate Architects[1]
Other information
Station code N2
Opened December 4, 1981
Passengers (2013) 2,692 (avg. weekday)[2]Steady 0%
Preceding station   MARTA   Following station
toward Airport
Red Line
Gold Line
toward Doraville

Civic Center is an elevated metro station in Atlanta, Georgia, serving the Red and Gold lines of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail system. It is located in Atlanta's SoNo district. This station has seen an increase of faregate totals and ridership in the past years due to the Megabus, which drops off and picks up passengers above the station. Additionally, there has been an increased interest in high-rise buildings in the area.


Civic Center station is located in SoNo, a sub-district of Downtown, with convenient access to the southern end of Midtown Atlanta. The station is named after the nearby Atlanta Civic Center three blocks east at Piedmont Avenue NE, Centennial Hill, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Peachtree Summit and SunTrust Plaza skyscrapers to the south. Nearby tourist attractions are Centennial Olympic Park, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, The World of Coca-Cola, and The Georgia Aquarium.

Station layout[edit]

S Street Level Entrance/Exit
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Gold Line toward Airport (Peachtree Center)
Red Line toward Airport (Peachtree Center)
Northbound Gold Line toward Doraville (North Avenue)
Red Line toward North Springs (North Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
1F Underpass Level Underpass between platforms
G Freeway Level Downtown Connector I-75.svg I-85.svg

Civic Center has a unique layout compared to other stations of the MARTA system. Although the rest of the line in Downtown and Midtown is underground, the station is actually elevated, except for the extreme ends of the platforms, where the line once more becomes underground. This is because it lies perpendicular to and above the trench for the Downtown Connector. This station is noted for being the only subway station in the world that is simultaneously above a highway and below street level.

Connection to other transit systems[edit]


  1. ^ Gournay, Isabelle. AIA guide to the architecture of Atlanta. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0820314501. 
  2. ^ "2014 Transportation Fact Book" (PDF). Atlanta Regional Commission. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 

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