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Students have access to convenient, safe and reliable transportation.

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The Department of Parking and Transportation at Georgia Tech provides convenient, safe and reliable service to all students. Whether your student wants to drive, bike or commute with others; or whether they need to navigate campus at night-we have a solution for them.

Torise A. Battle
Communications Officer, Department of Parking and Transportation

The Department of Parking and Transportation at Georgia Tech provides convenient, safe and reliable service to all students. Whether your student wants to drive, bike or commute with others; or whether they need to navigate campus at night-we have a solution for them.

Campus Parking
All students, including freshmen, are invited to purchase parking permits for their cars, motorcycles or mopeds. By purchasing a permit, students may park in their assigned lots at any time (except for special events). Students may visit our offices at 828 W. Peachtree St. (Tech Square) to purchase parking permits. All parking permits are paid from student bursar accounts.

In addition to parking in an assigned zone, all annual permit holders may park after-hours in non-residential areas. After-hours parking is allowed from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday and from 5:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 a.m. Monday, excluding E45 and E81 (both must be vacated by 6:00 a.m.).

Campus Transit
The Tech Trolley and Stinger buses provide students with reliable transportation on campus as well as the surrounding areas. The Tech Trolley serves the campus and provides service to the Midtown MARTA rail station and Publix grocery store at Spring Street and Peachtree Place. The Red, Blue and Green Stinger routes offer bus service to various stops on campus. All vehicles are lift-equipped. Boarding fees and IDs are not required to ride the transit system. Students can also find arrival times for each bus at Visit for the current routes and schedules.

Late Night Transportation
The Stingerette Nighttime Shuttle provides after-hours transportation for students and employees, Monday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. excluding Institute holidays. Safe Ride Home memberships can be purchased for students who need after-hours rides to the Home Park and Centennial Place communities. Call 404.385.RIDE(7433) or visit to request a ride. To use the Safe Ride Home membership, speak to a dispatcher during each call.

For the Disabled
Students with disabilities are required to display a state-issued disability placard or license plate and a Georgia Tech parking permit for disability parking. Parking is authorized in any disability space on campus with these credentials.

Stingerette Paratransit Service serves members of the Georgia Tech community who need transportation assistance on campus due to permanent or temporary mobility impairments. This service operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Authorization to use this service must be obtained from the Disability Services-ADAPTS office located in the Student Services Building (404.894.2561).

Also, all Stinger buses and Tech Trolleys are lift equipped and benefit passengers in accordance with recommendations to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Carpooling offers a convenient way for students living off campus to commute with friends or classmates. Carpool captains will receive a discounted rate on their parking permit purchase and can invite other people into the carpool. Each carpool member is eligible for 12 free parking passes per year if they need to drive alone. For an added benefit, log your commute daily at to earn rewards for carpooling.

SmartPark offers flexibility for students who occasionally drive to campus. It is a pay-as-you-go program that costs $25 to join each year. The program allows parking in one of three campus lots-Technology Square Parking Deck (E81), Visitor Parking Area 3, and North Deck (W23)-from 5:30 a.m. to midnight daily. The daily rate is $5 per use and is automatically debited from each member’s BuzzCard account. SmartPark permits expire July 31 of each year.

This car-sharing program provides members with vehicles on an hourly or daily basis. With cars conveniently located around campus, students can rent a car for personal use. Gas, maintenance, insurance and designated campus parking are included in rental fees. Zipcar is open to students ages 18 and over who meet membership requirements. For more information, visit

Metro Transit and MARTA
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is a combined bus, rail and paratransit system serving Atlanta as well as Fulton and DeKalb Counties. It also operates direct rail service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Students can purchase monthly unlimited MARTA passes from the Ferst Center Box Office in the Student Center at a discounted rate, making MARTA a convenient mode for commuters. The Georgia Tech campus is located near the Midtown and North Avenue rail stations on the Gold and Red Lines. The Tech Trolley provides direct service from campus to the Midtown Station’s Peachtree Place entrance.

Off-campus Service
Many transit options offer off-campus service, including the Tech Trolley, which travels to and from the Midtown MARTA station (rapid transit) and Publix grocery store on Peachtree Place. The Weekend Grocery Shuttle provides service to Atlantic Station’s Publix grocery store, and the Emory Shuttle runs a scheduled route from Georgia Tech to Emory University’s Woodruff Circle.

Follow us on Twitter @gt_park_trans or join our Facebook group to keep up with the latest information and innovations. Visit for more details about any of aforementioned services.

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  • Created On: Aug 7, 2011 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:11pm