Taking MARTA to a Braves game? It is one of the more popular uses of the transit system, and as regular riders will tell you, there are plenty of mistakes made by those who only ride a few times a year, such as to ball games. Read on to avoid some of the most common errors.
1. Waiting in Line to Purchase Fare
Before game time starts, long lines often form at MARTA Breeze machines as many fans need to purchase fare for their trip. Not only is waiting in line a pain, but it may also cause you to miss a train.
Fix: You can purchase a Breeze Card at any time before game day. Even better, load multiple roundtrips in advance or if you purchase a plastic Breeze Card, you can add fare value online vs. at a Breeze machine.
2. Not Purchasing Enough Fare
If you only put a one-way fare on your Breeze Card before a Braves Game, you’ll have a series of extra costs: You’ll have to pay a one-way fare to ride the Braves Shuttle from Turner Field back to MARTA with cash, then pay an additional one-way fare to ride the train.
Fix: Always purchase roundtrip fares and/or check your balance on your Breeze Card before heading to a game. The roundtrip fare is $5.
3. Going to the Wrong Station
New for the 2015 Atlanta Braves season, the Braves Shuttle will pick up passengers at the West End MARTA station on the red/gold rail line. West End is two stops away from the Five Points MARTA station. If you are traveling from the blue or green line, transfer to the first southbound train at Five Points to reach West End. Follow the station signs marked “Buses” to reach the shuttle.
Fix: Use the West End MARTA station and tell your friends about the shuttle location change.
4. Getting on the Wrong Train
Getting on the wrong train is more likely to happen when leaving a Braves Game and you need to travel northbound on the rail system. There are two northbound trains (Doraville and North Springs) that go to different stations, but after 9 p.m., you can only get to the North Springs train at the Lindbergh Center MARTA station. So don’t wait all night at West End for the North Springs train, as it isn’t going to arrive
Fix: If you are traveling to Buckhead, Medical Center, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs or North Springs after 9 p.m., always get on the first northbound train that arrives and exit at the Lindbergh Center station to reach the North Springs train.
5. Getting Mad at Train Frequency (or lack thereof)
After 9 p.m. and on the weekends, MARTA trains operate every 20 minutes, so brace yourself for a possible wait if you should arrive at the train platform at a bad time. MARTA only has so much money and can’t always run extra service.
Fix: Download and use the MARTA on the Go app to know the real-time train arrivals to help you plan your trip or know when the next train will arrive.