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Hello! We’re ASAP, Atlantic Station’s transportation program.
We’re here to help you access your building and Atlantic Station.

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Convenient
Transit Access

Atlantic Yards is easy to reach by train or bus.

Access Via Train

Plan your trip

Before You Leave: Download the MARTA app for real-time train arrival info.

Your Train: Red or Gold Line

Your Stop: Arts Center Station

Your Next Steps: Exit your train and follow the signs for “Arts Center Way.” To get out of the station, tap your MARTA Breeze card at the turnstiles.

Your Exit: Follow the sign that says “Atlantic Station Free Shuttle” to find the shuttle. The shuttle runs roughly every 15 minutes, 7 days a week between 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. You’ll want to depart the shuttle in front of 201 Seventeenth, the white office tower across the street from Atlantic Yards. It is a 10-minute shuttle ride from MARTA to Atlantic Yards, or a 20-minute, 0.6-mile walk from the station to the building’s front door.

 

Access Via Bus

Find Your Bus

Five different bus routes service Atlantic Yards and Atlantic Station. Use these links to find the right bus route and park-and-ride option for you.

  • Xpress 483 commuter bus operates between Kennesaw/Woodstock park-and-rides with a stop at Atlantic Station.
  • CobbLinc routes #10, #102, and R10 drop off in front of Atlantic Yards on their way in from Cobb County. The 10 and Rapid 10 pick up in Marietta and along Cobb Parkway near Cumberland, while the 102 picks up in Acworth. Return buses leave from the nearby Arts Center station.
  • MARTA’s #37 bus connects to Atlantic Station from Bolton Rd, Moores Mill, Defoors Ferry, and other destinations to the northwest.

Plus, nearly a dozen other Xpress bus routes stop at Arts Center MARTA station. Get started with your new commute and find the Xpress route that’s best for you! At the MARTA station, pick up the Atlantic Station Free Shuttle, which can take you to a stop near your building’s front door.

 

Get Transit Info in Real-Time

[Pending] Atlantic Yards offers a TransitScreen in the building lobby. You get exclusive access to the CityMotion app, which integrates rail, bus, bikeshare, and Uber/Lyft information in one convenient location.

You can check the real-time location of the Atlantic Station shuttle anytime via the PassioGO app, or skip the app and view it here. MARTA bus and rail real-time arrivals are accessible via the MARTA app.

 

Be sure to follow these CDC guidelines for safety.

Atlantic Station
Free Shuttle

Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Ride

Ride the Atlantic Station Free Shuttle to travel between the Arts Center MARTA station and Atlantic Yards. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes 7 days a week between 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

It is a 10-minute shuttle ride from the station to Atlantic Yards. You can also walk the 0.6 mile distance in about 20 minutes or take an electric bike or scooter (see more below).

 

Your Stop Is Right Out Front

Coming from Arts Center MARTA station to Atlantic Yards, there is a shuttle stop in front of the 201 17th Street building. Simply use the pedestrian crosswalk on Market Street for direct access to Atlantic Yards.

Leaving Atlantic Yards, the shuttle stop is immediately outside of the building on 17th Street.

 

Receive Updates in Real-Time

Use the Passio Go app to access real-time shuttle location data. Download it on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Top-notch Bike Amenities

[Pending] Microsoft makes biking to work a breeze the bike-friendly accommodations at Atlantic Yards. Store your bike in the building’s secure bike racks. Freshen up after your ride at the shower facilities.

Day-use lockers are available, and you’ll want to bring a lock with you. Access the bike racks, lockers, and showers by [Pending], which can be unlocked with a building access card.

Please note that bikes are not allowed in the main lobby.

Scooters

Scooters are an easy, convenient, and flexible way to access Atlantic Station.

 

  • Which scooters can I ride? Bird, Lime, and Spin scooters are allowed on parts of the Atlantic Station property and conveniently located for rent in designated parking zones.
  • Where should I park? Scooters should only be parked in the five designated scooter parking zones shown on the map below. Remember, scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, in the parking deck, or on the internal streets of the district at Atlantic Station.
  • Where can I ride a scooter? (Almost) anywhere around Atlanta! Hop on a scooter and zip over to Midtown, the Arts Center MARTA station, the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail, or your favorite destination. Live close by? Try riding a scooter for your commute. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can get places.

Easy To Carpool

Split your commuting costs, and enjoy life in the express lane. Carpools are simply two or more people sharing the ride to and from work. Need help finding a carpool partner with a similar route and schedule? Find a match via our regional partnership with Georgia Commute Options.

4+ people all commuting the same way? ASAP also helps groups of four or more—usually people commuting a long way—to form “vanpools.” Our partners will provide you with an SUV or van to use, and your group will split the costs. To find out more, email us.

Parking

[Pending]

Your employer will coordinate parking on your behalf. 

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Get Rewarded For Your Commute

ASAP partners with Georgia Commute Options to offer great rewards to people who work at Atlantic Station that take transit, carpool, bike, walk to work, or work from home. Check out the rewards you can start earning by clicking the button below.

Earn Points

Turn the trips you make every day into points toward rewards.

 

Get Rewarded

Cash in your points for discounts and deals on any of these—and so much more.

 

Discounts to Live Locally

With Atlantic Station’s A Card, you’re eligible to receive benefits, discounts and special offers from participating Atlantic Station stores and restaurants, as well as from other local Midtown businesses and attractions.

Engel & Volkers Atlanta: Partner with Mike McLeod, top selling realtor in Area 22 (Atlantic Station, Midtown, and West Midtown), to find your dream home at Atlantic Station and receive up to $2,500 towards your closing costs, depending on bedroom size. Michael.McLeod@EVAtlanta.com

Mark at West Midtown: Discounted application fee ($25) and administration fee ($75) for those qualified. Please call 800.521.6178 for more information. www.hgliving.com/apartments/ga/atlanta/mark-at-west-midtown

Steelworks: Qualified applicants will have application and admin fees waived ($285 total value). Applicants should select “A-Card Program” as the source of business on the application. steelworksatlanta.com

The Exchange West Midtown: As an employee of a preferred employer, we offer a waived application and administration fee, plus a $500 Visa Gift Card to be received 30 days after becoming an Exchange resident and remaining in good standing. theexchangeatl.com

The Lofts at Atlantic Station: A-Card holders, we would love to welcome you home. Show your card when you apply and we will waive your application fee ($150 savings). Let’s WORK. PLAY. LIVE. www.theloftsatatlanticstation.com

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Atlantic Station GM Depends on MARTA to Arrive at Work

We recently spoke with Cornell Holmes, the General Property Manager of Atlantic Station. He’s a seasoned mixed-use real estate professional who has worked in San Francisco, Nashville, San Antonio, and Jackson, Mississippi. Most recently, Cornell relocated from Dallas to Atlanta to oversee property management and leasing at Atlantic Station 

 

When looking for a home in Atlanta, transit was an important factor in Cornell’s decision and led him to choose a residence accessible to a MARTA station. Now, he frequently takes MARTA from the North Springs station to work at Atlantic Station.  

 

What have you enjoyed most about living in Atlanta 

I’ve enjoyed the topography and the trees–the rolling hills and “city in a forest” have been a refreshing change in comparison to Dallas.  

 

Where do you commute from?  

I drive to the North Springs MARTA station, where they offer free parking, and I take the train to Arts Center station. I often walk from there to get to my office, or I take the Atlantic Station Free Shuttle if it’s raining or hot outside. I enjoy the opportunity to get a little exercise on both ends of my commute.  

 

Were you a transit rider previously before moving to Atlanta, or is this a new endeavor for you? 

When I worked in San Francisco, I frequently used the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). I’ve used transit in many cities that I’ve visited as well.  

 

What made you want to use transit to get to Atlantic Station?  

 I ride MARTA for three reasons: 

  1. Convenience – it’s easy for me to park at the MARTA station and take the train.  
  2. Atlanta traffic I get to avoid the worst part of commuting by taking the train. When I need to drive to work, I end up working until 7 PM or later to avoid the gridlocked drive home. When I take the train, I don’t worry about leaving during peak hours, and I can leave work when I’m ready.  
  3. Sustainability – it’s the responsible thing to do.  

 

As a new employee at Atlantic Station, what made getting to work easier for you 

When I first started, I was excited to learn that Atlantic Station has a transportation program called ASAP+. They work with employers and property managers during employee onboarding to make sure employees know how to access Atlantic Station without driving alone. I learned about their programs during my company’s onboarding orientation. The ASAP+ program manager encouraged me and other new employees to sign up for the Georgia Commute Options programs, such as Guaranteed Ride Home, carpool matching, and Gimme Five. 

 

What do you like most about using transit to get to Atlantic Station? 

It’s a less stressful way to get to work. If I drive, my 22-minute trip can easily take over an hour due to traffic. When I take the train, I can skip the stress. MARTA is also a great way to get to the airport from Atlantic Station when I need to travel.   

 

How do you spend your time while on transit 

It depends on the day. I often do work on the train, but sometimes I listen to a podcast or watch something on Netflix.  

 

What advice would you give someone who is considering getting to work by riding transit?  

Register with Georgia Commute Options, log your trips, redeem your rewards, and enjoy the ride!  

 

What’s your vision for Atlantic Station going forward?  

2020 is going to be a big year at Atlantic Station. We’re opening a renovated and expanded Atlantic Green, creating new art installations, opening new retail experiences, and rolling out a new holiday program. This is all in addition to our existing programs like free yoga, outdoor movies, and special events. We’re building on a strong foundation, and we’re working to make Atlantic Station the best mixed-use development in the southeast.  

When it comes to transportation, we’re thinking long-term about how to leverage our proximity to the future Beltline. We’re working with ASAP+, Midtown Alliance, and the Upper Westside Community Improvement District to identify how we can better connect Atlantic Station to surrounding neighborhoods, especially as development booms in and around our District. I envision better spaces for biking, walking, and e-scooting. Atlantic Station was a pioneer property when it was built, and I’m looking forward to continuing our legacy of intelligent real estate services.  

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Bike Riding

Square’s Atlantic Station Office Clinches Nationally Recognized “Bicycle Friendly Business” Designation

One of Atlantic Station’s largest employers, Square has earned recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Business from the League of American Bicyclists. With this designation, Square joins the movement of nearly 1,400 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the U.S. who are proving a commitment to creating accessible workplaces for people who arrive by bike.  

Squarea force that has transformed payment transactions with the introduction of its compact signature card readercalls Atlantic Station home for its Southeast outpost, with its office located in the LEED-Gold certified BB&T office tower  

“At Square, we’ve built a culture around bike commuting,” says Micah Wedemeyer, who serves as a bike mentor for Square’s Atlanta office. “The culture is fueled by our crew of passionate bike commuters who go the extra mile to help fellow employees try out biking to work coupled with the bike-friendly amenities our office offers—such as private showers, changing rooms, and secure bicycle storage. Our bike commuters support fellow employees along every step of the journey–from helping them identify an accessible route and bike for their new commute to holding lunchtime bike rides to our favorite local pizza spot.”   

ASAP+, the Transportation Management Association for Atlantic Station, supported Square in its pursuit of the Bicycle Friendly Business designation, working with the team to build its bicycle offerings to employees and apply for the certification. Square offers indoor bike storage, shower facilities for employees, and participates in Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s bike classes as well as regional campaigns like Biketober. Square also works with ASAP+ to extend to its employees programs from Georgia Commute Options, including Guaranteed Ride Home, $150 for switching their commute from driving alone to biking, and monthly prizes for bike commuting.  

“When places make it easier for people to choose to bike, they are building safer, stronger, and better-connected communities,” says Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. When more people are biking to work or shop, life is better for everyone. 

If you’re a business at Atlantic Station interested in becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business, get in touch with ASAP+ by emailing info@asap-plus.com  

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program: www.bikeleague.org/business 

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Chris Saves Time & Stays Healthy by Bike Commuting

Even if you live ITP (inside the perimeter), commuting just a few miles to work can be stressful and time-consuming. Chris, a Square Software Engineer at Atlantic Station, recently started using a bike for his 2-mile commute from his home in Midtown to work. He decided to give it a try after a coworker suggested he sign up for Biketober–a fun, free competition that takes place each October to encourage Atlantans to break out their bikes and experience the benefits from enjoying the city by two wheels. 

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Chris to hear about how relying on a bicycle to get to work has impacted his life for the better. 

 

What led you to start riding your bike to work?

There were a lot of people in the office who biked, and they were riding longer distances than my commute. When Biketober rolled around, one of my coworkers encouraged me to start riding and gave me a bike. Now, my commute is about 10-15 minutes total by bike.

What is your favorite part about commuting by bike?

It’s a faster commute, I save some money, and it’s an unavoidable workout. Before, I wouldn’t make time for working out or would work out on and off. Now, I get my exercise in each day I go to work.

How did you decide to rely on a bike for your commute?

I was interested in getting a bike to avoid driving a car and received one for free, so that helped me make my decision.

Do you have plans to continue riding your bike?

Definitely, I currently use it for commuting, but I do plan on using it to travel to other places. I’ve only had to skip riding it one day because of the weather, so it has been very useful.

What tips do you have for someone trying to find a bike that best suits their commute?

A coworker told me this quote: “Your first bike should cost less than your helmet, your second bike should cost more than your helmet, and your third bike should cost more than your car.” 

Also, starting to ride is not as bad you think. In general, cars are very respectful. There’s some unfounded anxiety about biking prior to starting. After you begin biking that goes away. I was worried about not being in good enough shape, but it was easy.

You just have to rip the Band-Aid off and start trying!

How did you determine the best bike route to take to get to your office?

I first asked coworkers who biked into work. I also tried a couple of different routes I found via Google Maps. My first attempt was West Peachtree Street, which had a huge hill, and figured out fast that would not be a good route. Then, I found that 17th Street to Peachtree Street was pretty flat, so that’s been my route since. 

Do you have any accessories for your bike that make commuting easier?

You are going to need a light for riding after dark, bike lock, helmet, and backpack. Some people use harnesses or panniers like the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic. You can hook it to your bike to carry things, so you don’t have to carry a backpack.

What tips do you have for people considering riding their bike to work?

Try to ride your bike in good weather–avoid really hot parts of the day in the summer. You can also rent bikes to try out before you commit to buying one. The Beltline has a lot of bike rental places. 

I highly recommend practice riding on the Beltline because you don’t have the pressure of cars surrounding you. You can try out several bikes to find one that is most comfortable for you.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your commute?

I used to take Bird Scooters, but I enjoy biking much more because of the exercise. I wish I had started riding a bike sooner. I’m enjoying participating in Biketober and will continue riding, as I feel healthier and am saving time on my commute!

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T3 West Midtown Showcases Bike Amenities

With more commuters opting to bike to work, it’s no wonder properties are designing spaces suited for this growing trend. T3 West Midtown, Atlantic Station’s latest property that redefines the standard for the modern creative office, is at the forefront of this movement. Not only is the building made with heavy timber, making it more environmentally friendly, it also promotes sustainable practices to its tenants, encouraging people to take transit and bike to work.

A cornerstone of this is T3’s new bike room called The Wheelhouse. It features a bike ramp for easy access, a spacious storage area, fixit station and pump, and locker and shower rooms. 

Properties like T3 are setting the standard for office buildings that want to attract companies seeking spaces that promote healthy lifestyles and sustainable commuting for their workforce.

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John Enjoys A Good Book While Riding MARTA

John is a Software Engineer at Square who was feeling stressed due to his tiring drive from his home in Ormewood Park to his job in Atlantic Station each day. Even though he lived a mere 15 minutes from his office, his car ride had turned into 45 minutes with all the traffic. 

Ever since a friend suggested he try taking MARTA to work, John has been hooked and now enjoys a stress-free commute that allows him to read books and bypass traffic. 

We recently spoke with John, and he shared all about his experience and how making the switch has improved his life.

 

When did you start working at Square, and where are you commuting from?

I started working at Square in August 2015, and I commute from Ormewood Park. 

What led you to start taking MARTA to work? 

I noticed recently that my commute was very stressful. With no traffic, it was 15 minutes, but normally it was taking 45 minutes. There were lots of intersections, most of which were blocked and jam-packed. I was always arriving home from work stressed out. 

One day, I was talking with a friend, and he suggested taking MARTA. Switching to MARTA doesn’t save me a lot of time, but it does save me a lot of headaches. MARTA also provides more structure in my life. If I don’t get up to catch my train, I end up goofing around and running late.  

How do you usually spend your time while riding MARTA?

Reading! I took a New Year’s resolution to read 12 books this year.

What is your favorite part about riding MARTA to work?

I’m gaining more me-time during the day and arriving to work stress-free. I also am getting exercise because I have to walk to get to the different stations. I get off at the Arts Center station and walk to the BB&T building. 

What tips do you have for people considering changing their commute?

Use Google Maps for your initial planning. You can tell what time you need to get somewhere or what time you need to leave. Try to use the desktop version over the mobile app as you can plan your departure and arrival times. 

The signs may be confusing if you are a new rider. One time I missed the train because I was paying attention to the wrong sign. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the stations and the destinations they serve to ensure you understand which train to board. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your commute? 

It’s helped me feel less stressed, and I enjoy the little walks between the stations and my endpoints. I encourage other people to try it! 

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Biketober

Boost Your Confidence with Cycling in the City

Atlantans across the city are breaking out their bikes for the Atlanta Bike Challenge, taking place throughout October. In celebration of the challenge, ASAP+ recently teamed up with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to offer a City Cycling class to help Atlantic Station employees and residents gear up for riding on city streets.  


Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced bike rider, the class offers tips and support to riders at all levels to boost your confidence cycling around the city. And if you are an experienced rider, the class offers the opportunity to explore parts of town you normally wouldn’t get to enjoy by bike while in good company.
Check out the schedule of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s upcoming classes to reserve your spot for the next class. 


Ready to ride with us in the next class? Here’s what to expect:

  1. Bring your own bike, helmet, and water. If you don’t own a road bike, the classes offer access to Relay Bikes, so you can use one
    for free! 
    Pro tip: If you choose to ride a Relay bicycle, be prepared for a bit of a challenge, as the bikes are heavier than your typical road bike.
  2. Get ready for the road with drills and rundowns. Stephen Spring, the Education Coordinator for Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, kicks off classes with quick drills like stopping and starting, taking turns, and using hand signaling for cars on the road.
  3. Wear athletic clothes. We rode about 5 miles during the 1-hour class, beginning at Atlantic Station, traveling through Georgia Tech, and heading down Peachtree Street. Make sure you’re ready for the ride by wearing something comfortable.

Ready to ride?

Join forces with the 4,000 people taking part in the Atlanta Bike Challenge this October. To get started, grab your friends, family, or coworkers and register as a team. Or, you can sign yourself up as an individual. Be sure to log any bike rides you take during October, so you can earn points and possibly win some prizes! 

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