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5 Cold-weather tips for MARTA riders

Bundle Up
Bundle Up
Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Baby, it’s cold outside. Well, at least for a few weeks a year in Atlanta. For those riding public transit, exposure to the elements is much higher. Take a look at these five tips to stay warm, from breaking out the gloves to getting a hot drink.

Bundle Up
Bundle Up Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Bundle Up

To start with the most obvious, don’t be shy with hats, gloves, scarves and layers. As much as no one wants or expects train or bus delays, they do happen, and you don’t want to be waiting outside for long without enough winter-weather gear. If you need some supplies, there is a CVS above the Five Points and Peachtree Center stations. And Lenox Mall is just across the street from the Lenox MARTA station.

Check schedules
Check schedules Lars Juhl Jensen

Check schedules

Now is the time to check bus and train schedules online or via an app to know what time MARTA will arrive so you can wait indoors as long as possible (or plan your drive to a MARTA station accordingly). See MARTA Trip Planning Options for additional help with planning your trip.

Warm up with a hot drink
Warm up with a hot drink Thomas Angermann

Warm up with a hot drink

Drinking hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate can help stave off the cold-weather chill. There are a few restaurants and coffee shops near MARTA, including Sip, which can’t get much closer to the Lindbergh Center MARTA station. Other picks are Starbucks (Peachtree Center), Waffle House (Georgia State and Brookhaven) and Java Monkey (Decatur).

Hang out in heated places
Hang out in heated places Nick Gray

Hang out in heated places

If you have extra time on your hands, head to a heated public space to stay warm. The CNN building has a large food court next to the Dome Station (pictured here). Central Library is next to Peachtree Center station Ellis Street (west) exit. Directly connected to the Peachtree Center station is also Peachtree Center Mall -- and directly connected to the North Avenue MARTA station is an additional indoor mall in the AT&T building. If east of the city, the Dekalb Public Library is a half-block from the Decatur Station on Sycamore Street.

Limit walking and waiting at bus stops
Limit walking and waiting at bus stops James/Flickr.com

Limit walking and waiting at bus stops

If possible, try to rethink your commute to reduce your time outdoors. Can you ask a friend or family member for a ride for part of your trip? Use ZipCar or Uber? Hold off errands that require a longer commute? If waiting for a bus is a necessity, be sure to look for sheltered areas at a station or bus stop to stay out of the wind.