Red Line (MARTA)

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Red Line
Logo of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.svg
Type Rapid transit
System Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Status operational
Locale Atlanta, Georgia
Termini North Springs (north)
Airport (south)
Stations 19 (11 North, Five Points, 7 South)
Opened 1996
Operator(s) MARTA
Rolling stock CQ310, CQ311, CQ312
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification third rail
Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground
Red & Gold Lines
North Springs Parking Ridestore
Sandy Springs Parking Ridestore
Dunwoody Parking
Doraville Parking
Medical Center Parking
Chamblee Parking
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Parking
Lenox Parking Ridestore
SR 400
Lindbergh Center Parking Ridestore
Armour Yard
Arts Center
North Avenue
Civic Center
Peachtree Center
Atlanta Streetcar
Downtown Loop
Five Points  Blue  &  Green  Lines, Ridestore
West End Parking
Oakland City Parking
Lakewood / Fort McPherson Parking
East Point Parking
College Park Parking
Airport Ridestore

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 the Orange Line 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).

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.


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]

Route map: Bing / Google

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