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Traveling by Atlanta public transit with a small dog

Photo by Steve Hardy

Photo by Steve Hardy

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) operates buses and rapid transit trains in Atlanta and Fulton County, with additional service in DeKalb and Cobb counties. There is a MARTA train station at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), in Clayton County. MARTA’s pet policy [PDF] states that “small pets confined to rigid pet carriers with locks or latches” are allowed on board.

Cherokee Area Transportation System (CATS) operates buses in Cherokee County, and provides commuter service to Atlanta. Its pet policy states: “No pets except for handicapped assistance allowed on the buses.”

Clayton County C-Tran operates four bus routes in Clayton County and connecting to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The customer service representative I spoke to said that small dogs in carriers are allowed on board, at no extra charge.

Cobb Community Transit (CCT) operates local buses in Cobb County and express buses to Atlanta. Only service animals are allowed on CCT buses.

Gwinnett County Transit (GCT) operates local buses in Gwinnett County and express buses to Atlanta and connecting to MARTA. A GCT customer service representative told me that only service animals are allowed on board.

Xpress “is a public transportation service in partnership between the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and 12 metro Atlanta counties…with luxury coaches carrying riders throughout the region Monday through Friday.” The customer service representative I spoke to told me that only service animals are allowed on board.

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