If you've never seen a double decker transit station, then head to the Ashby MARTA station on Atlanta's blue and green rail line. One of the more unique stations in the MARTA system, Ashby not only provides access to a historic neighborhood, restaurants and outdoor recreation, but the station itself is an attraction. The east and west lines are stacked on top of each other, not next to each other on the same platform as most all the other stations.
At street level, there are three station entrances near the intersection of Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. with Carter Street/Lena Street. The street-facing entrance on the west side of Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. is closed at this time due to construction, but a back entrance off the parking lot is open.
All station entrances immediately go down one level, where you'll find fare machines, fare gates and the westbound train platform. One more level below is the eastbound platform. So if you are departing H.E. Holmes, Bankhead or the West Lake MARTA station and traveling to Ashby, be advised that you will have to go up two levels to reach the street.
Joseph E. Lowery Exit
After exiting the fare gate in the central part of the station, you can turn right to reach Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. This exit is best for:
- Destinations off Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (where there are several restaurants)
- Walmart Supercenter
- Connecting bus routes
Mason Turner Road Exit
Turn left after exiting the fare gates to reach:
- Kiss Ride (for dropping off and picking up passengers)
- Handicap parking
- The Washington condos
- Magnolia Park apartments
- Heritage Commons apartments
Lena Street Exit
Down a long hallway to the right of the fare gates is the Lena Street exit. Use this exit for easiest access to:
- Free daily parking lot
- Lena Street
- The PATH trail (Lionel Hampton)
- Washington Park neighborhood and park
- BeltLine Westside Trail