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Your guide to beating (or, at least, enduring) Atlanta Braves gameday traffic

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A 2014 regional traffic study found that the new stadium, apartments, and offices will add 20,000 more vehicles on game days—enough to gum up most Cumberland-area intersections. To help alleviate traffic headaches, the Braves have set starting times of weeknight home games back 25 minutes—to 7:35 p.m.—for their inaugural season. And they’re hopeful that activities planned at the Battery before and after games will help convince fans to come early and stay late, thinning the rush.

The Braves app is the best bet for real-time traffic updates and advice. Electronic directional signs will also steer drivers to routes of least resistance. Look for them on 75 and 285, Cobb Parkway, Circle 75 Parkway, and elsewhere.

As for public transportation, bravesupdate.com will have the most current information on bus options via CobbLinc and MARTA, which operates a route that connects downtown and Midtown with Cumberland. Cobb County has purchased six more buses for two Cumberland Circulator routes, which will serve commuters in the Cumberland area as well as fans.

The Braves are considering a shuttle service they say would connect fans throughout metro Atlanta to the ballpark, but plans aren’t finalized. In the meantime, Uber will have a designated pick-up and drop-off area beyond right field (think: an airport taxi station).

This article originally appeared in our April 2017 issue.