Peachtree Center (MARTA station)
address=216 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
line=rail color box|system=MARTA|line=North-South rail color box|system=MARTA|line=Northeast-South
other=CCT, GCT, GRTA
passengers=7,900 (daily) [ [http://www.itsmarta.com/newsroom/martafacts.htm MARTA facts] ]
September 11, 1982
Peachtree Center station is the deepest station in the MARTA rail system, at 120 feet or 36 meters below
Peachtree Street. It serves the Peachtree Centerarea of downtown Atlanta, and is the first station north-northeast of the rail system hub at Five Points. This is the fifth-busiest station in the MARTA system, handling an average of 17,800 boardings per weekday and as of April 2006, 7,155 daily fares were collected at the gates.
The station has an island platform serving two tracks. The floor is made of gray
tile, the "walls" are made of solid gneissrock, and the ceiling panels are made of steel. Four escalatorbanks are used to access the station, with the Carnegie Way/Ellis Street (southwest) entrance having the longest escalators in the system, which MARTA claims are also the longest in the Southeast U.S.[ [http://www.itsmarta.com/newsroom/martafacts.htm MARTA facts] ] . The Harris Street (northwest) entrance has a map of the MARTA system with proposed lines on it. The station was featured in the 1985movie " The Heavenly Kid".
Hard Rock Cafe
American Cancer Society Center(formerly Inforum)
Centennial Olympic Park
*Rialto Center for the Performing Arts
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
Connection to other transit systems
Cobb Community Transit
Gwinnett County Transit
Georgia Regional Transportation Authority
Although the operation of the North Line began between the Garnett and North Avenue stations on
December 4, 1981, the Peachtree Center station between them did not open until September 11, 1982. A poster dating to 1982 on the station platform describes how the station was built. The poster reads:
:"MARTA's moving Atlanta, 120 feet below Peachtree Street."
:"The Peachtree Center station was built by tunneling through solid gneiss, a grainitelike rock formed of layers of quartz and mica. This rock provides underground support for the station. Soft ground or mixed tunneling was used where there was insufficient rock structure for underground support. With this method, compressed air twice the normal
atmospheric pressurewas used to support the walls while permanent structures were being built. Like deep sea divers, workers on this section of the rapid rail transit system were required to undergo 30 minutes of compression/decompression when entering or coming out of the tunnel. This station is only one of a few tunnels in the world where the walls and the ceiling were carved from solid rock."
:"Length of longest escalator serving the station entrance across from the Atlanta Public Library is 190 feet- the longest in the southeast. Cost of Station: approx. $45 million. Station depth: 120 feet. Station length: 900 feet."
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
* [http://itsmarta.com/getthere/stations/peachtree.htm MARTA station page]
* [http://world.nycsubway.org/us/atlanta/ nycsubway.org Atlanta page]
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