Marta Opens Decatur Station

Summer, 1979

In 1979, the MARTA East Line opened and the Decatur Station was one of the first stops to be completed in the new system. New development proposals, seeking to take advantage of this increased accessibility, called for massive buildings around the Decatur station. Citizen concerns about these plans generated the creation of the Downtown Redevelopment Task Force.

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If you weren't around in the late 1970s, it's difficult to imagine just how disruptive construction of the Marta station actually was. Click for larger view.

If you weren’t around in the late 1970s, it’s difficult to imagine just how disruptive construction of the Marta station actually was. Click for larger view.

The completed station, 1979. Click for larger view.

The completed station, 1979. Click for larger view.