• Several MARTA parking lots full


    ATLANTA - Traffic across metro Atlanta was bumper-to-bumper in some areas Monday as thousands returned to the city from spring break.

    [READ: Alternate routes to get you around the I-85 bridge collapse]

    Over the past week, the I-85 bridge collapse has caused headaches for drivers, and it’s only expected to get worse with more drivers on the road.

    Mayor Kasim Reed, on Friday, told drivers to expect their commute time to be 30 percent longer Monday morning and to make sure they leave home with a full tank of gas.

    “Monday is not going to be business as usual. And if you get in a car to go to work on the north side of the city without a full tank of gas, you are really putting yourself in jeopardy,” Reed said.

    Reed encouraged companies to offer flexible work hours or give employees the option to work from home.

    [READ: Which roads are open around the I-85 bridge collapse]

    City of Atlanta offices delayed opening until 10 a.m. for non-essential employees.

    Atlanta Public Schools altered its bus and drop-off schedules to help with the congestion.

    GDOT is offering commuters money to find a new way to work, including taking MARTA.

    Triple Team Traffic stayed with you throughout the morning on Channel 2 Action News to guide you through your commute.

    A lack of major accidents helped traffic flow smoothly. Some people reported a longer than normal commute, but it appeared that many people heeded GDOT and the mayor's warnings.

    MARTA's parking lots filled up as the morning went along, keeping many cars off the road.

    We talked to a Red Cross volunteer who has to drive in three times a week from Gwinnett County.

    "Coming down 85 wasn't bad wasn't too bad, but got off at Cheshire Bridge and since then it's been jigging and jogging, car to car, traffic,” Donna Anderson said.

    One thing that kept traffic moving on many of the surface streets was Atlanta police officers stationed at intersections all over Buckhead and midtown helping keep them clear of backed-up cars.

    They were out starting at 5:30 a.m. and will be back again for the afternoon commute, and be back every day until they are hopefully no longer needed.


    Last week, MARTA parking lots filled up quickly as commuters jumped on the option to avoid some of the traffic, so this week MARTA opened 12,000 extra parking spots.

    The transportation agency created a new website, where you can check on parking lot capacities in real-time.

    Here is the current parking situation at MARTA stations:

    Station Parking Status
    North Springs  red icon Lot Full 
    Sandy Springs red icon Lot Full
    Dunwoody green-status-parking Deck1 Lot Open 
      green-status-parking Deck2 Lot Open
    Medical Center red icon Lot Full
    Doraville red icon Lot Full
    Chamblee red icon Lot Full
    Brookhaven green-status-parking Front Lot Open

    green-status-parking Back Lot Open 

    Lenox green-status-parking Lot Open
    Lindbergh Center green-status-parking Lot Open 
    College Park red icon West Lot Full

    red icon East Lot Full

    Arts Center red icon Lot Full
    Oakland City red icon Lot Full 
      red icon South Lot Full
    West End green-status-parking North Lot Open
    Lakewood red icon West Lot Full 
      green-status-parking East Lot Open
    East Point red icon Lot Full
    Candler Park red icon Lot Full
    Inman Park red icon North Lot Full
      green-status-parking South Lot Open
    Avondale red icon Lot Full
    Kensington  green-status-parking Paid Lot Open 
    green-status-parking Front Lot Open



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