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A derailed train is causing headaches for Atlanta’s rail commuters.
Two Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) cars on an out-of-service train derailed last night around 9 p.m., Stephany Fisher, a MARTA spokesperson told Atlanta Loop. There were no passengers on board and the rail operator was not injured. Information as to what caused the derailment was not immediately available.
MARTA crews and Atlanta Police have been working assess the situation, develop a plan to remove the disabled cars and integrate a service plan as quickly and as safely as possible, Fisher said. It was determined that a crane will need to be used to place one of the disabled rail cars back on the track, but that crane won’t be available until Thursday morning.
All southbound service is terminating at College Park Station and a shuttle train and shuttle buses are providing service between College Park and Airport Station, Fisher said. Once all the cars have been moved, full rail service to the airport will be restored.
The train and bus shuttles will continue as long as needed, but MARTA is encouraging people to allow 20-30 minutes of extra travel time if you’re planning on taking the service to or from the airport.