Red Line (MARTA)

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Red Line
Logo of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.svg
Dunwoody, GA (4231673873).jpg
A Red Line train near Dunwoody Station
TypeRapid transit
SystemMetropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
LocaleAtlanta, Georgia
TerminiNorth Springs (north)
Airport (south)
Stations19 (11 North, Five Points, 7 South)
Rolling stockSociété Franco-Belge CQ310
Hitachi Rail CQ311
Breda CQ312
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrificationthird rail
Highest elevationat grade, elevated, underground
Red & Gold Lines
North Springs
Sandy Springs
Medical Center
Lindbergh Center
Arts Center
North Avenue
Civic Center
Peachtree Center Atlanta Streetcar
Five Points
West End
Oakland City
Lakewood/Fort McPherson
East Point
College Park
South Yard & Shops
Airport Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Red Line is a rapid transit line in the MARTA rail system. It operates between North Springs and Airport stations, running through Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Atlanta, East Point and College Park.

The Red Line was originally called the North-South Line until MARTA switched to a color-based naming system in October 2009. The North-South Line, from its launch, was considered one line, denoted with an orange color on old system maps until 2006 when the North Branch and the Northeast branch were redesignated as the North-South Line (the current Red Line) and the Northeast-South Line (the current Gold Line). Using the Five Points station as a reference point, the North Line was designated for trips headed for Sandy Springs, and the South Line was designated for trips headed for the Airport.

The rail line was part of the launch of MARTA north-south rail service in 1981. The first segment ran from the Garnett to the North Avenue stations, although the Peachtree Center opened the year after as an infill. In 1982, it expanded north to Arts Center, and in 1984, expanded as far north as Brookhaven and as far south as Lakewood/Fort McPherson. The East Point station opened, extending the line two miles to the south. A little more than a year later, the Chamblee station began service and served as the temporary terminus of the North Line. In 1988, the Airport station opened, and became the terminus of the South Line. In 1992, the North-South Line was extended northward to its current terminus at Doraville. In 1996, MARTA extended North Line services to Dunwoody. This created two branches of the North Line, and the Doraville branch was redesignated as the Northeast Line to avoid confusion. It finally extended north to its current terminus at North Springs in 2000.

Now known as the Red Line, it shares trackage with its counterpart, the Gold Line, between Airport and just north of the Lindbergh Center.

On weekdays, after 8:30 pm, Red Line shuttle train service operates between North Springs and Lindbergh Center stations only until the end of the service. On Saturdays and Sundays, Red Line shuttle train service operates between North Springs and Lindbergh Center stations only from 8:50 pm until the end of the service. When major single tracking occurs, Red Line train service operates between North Springs and Lindbergh Center stations only.

Line description[edit]

The Red Line runs above ground, at-grade and below ground in various portions of its route. It begins at the northern terminus, the North Springs station in Sandy Springs. The non-revenue tracks extend northward from the station. It then goes southward paralleling Georgia 400 (Turner McDonald Parkway) before turning southeast to Dunwoody, then turning south to cross over I-285, then west before running south in the GA 400 median. In Buckhead, it crosses under the Gold Line before joining the Gold Line, going southeast paralleling I-85. It turns south through Midtown and enters downtown Atlanta, where it meets the Blue and Green Lines at Five Points station. Leaving downtown, the Red Line continues south, paralleling Lee Street and Main Street into East Point and College Park before reaching its terminus at the Airport station.


listed from north to south

Station Code Opening
Rail Line
Service pattern
Main Line
Regular service
8:30 pm – 1:00 am
North Springs N11 2000
Sandy Springs N10 2000
Dunwoody N9 1996
Medical Center N8 1996
Buckhead N7 1996
Lindbergh Center N6 1984     
Arts Center N5 1982     
Midtown N4 1982     
North Avenue N3 1981     
Civic Center N2 1981     
Peachtree Center N1 1982     
Five Points 1981*               
Garnett S1 1981     
West End S2 1982     
Oakland City S3 1984     
Lakewood/Fort McPherson S4 1984     
East Point S5 1986     
College Park S6 1988     
Airport S7 1988     
  • Note: The East-West (now Blue/Green Line) platform opened in 1979.

External links[edit]

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