The MARTA rail system is designed around the cardinal directions of a compass. There is a North-South line, with a Northeast
spur; the northern terminus is North Springs, the northeastern Doraville, and the southern Airport station, although for practical
purposes the College Park station is often utilized instead as the terminus of choice for northbound commuters. Suburban stations
usually offer free daily parking; long-term parking is usually priced, although for travelers bound for the airport this
is a far less expensive option than parking at or near the airport.
The East-West line runs roughly perpendicular, and has a single-station spur designed only for two-car trains, to
Bankhead in northwest Atlanta. The western terminus for long trains is Hamilton E. Holmes (formerly Hightower station),
the eastern Indian Creek; Bankhead trains end at King Memorial station except during rush hours (Edgewood/Candler Park) and
after 8:00 PM (Vine City).
Take note: service frequency is reduced on weekends. MARTA is closed from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM.