• MARTA to shut down service for second Georgia Dome demolition

    By: Sophia Choi


    ATLANTA - The Georgia Dome implosion was unforgettable but when the dust cleared, two pieces remained standing. 

    Crews plan to do the second dome demolition at 1 a.m. on Wednesday. 

    We're talking to officials about why the remaining walls never came down, and what they expect this time around, on Channel 2 Action News at 5.

    Channel 2’s Sophia Choi explained how MARTA is preparing for the big event.

    When the remaining pieces of the Georgia Dome come down, expect a lot of dust. That is why MARTA is shutting down operations for the dome station. 

    MARTA Senior Engineer Larry Prescott said MARTA plans to suspend the west line between Five Points and Vine City.

    “The east wall is within the proximity of the Omni, Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Station,” Prescott said. “And that is an open station so we need to protect it for any dust intrusion.”


    MARTA also asked riders who plan to catch the bus to give themselves an extra 10 to 15 minutes. The west line between Five Points and Vine City will shut down at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday until the end of service at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

    “There will be buses there to pick you up, so, if you get off normally at Five Points but you still need to go on to Vine City, there will be a bus there to take you,” said MARTA Spokesperson Stephany Fisher. 

    Officials at MARTA say they took the same approach during the original dome demolition last month and for a good reason. 

    “It is for their safety,” Fisher said. “We learned during the last implosion how important it was to shut down the dome station to keep it free of any dust and just to protect our riders and our patrons.”

    Prescott talked about the dust from the implosion. 

    “We had dust intrusion in the air, something that we were prepared for and cleaned,” Prescott said. 

    “It’s a minor inconvenience,” Fisher said. “But, hopefully, they will implode those two walls and get it done correctly and we won’t have to inconvenience our riders anymore.”

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