Plan to not be in downtown Atlanta Thursday night

Traffic is just one of those things that becomes a part of everyday life for Atlanta residents, but you’ll still want to avoid the downtown area on Thursday night.

The city is preparing for Georgia Tech’s first football game of the season, a Falcons home preseason game and an invasion of the crowd that will spend the weekend at Dragon Con, all on Thursday night. The two sports venues hold a total of more than 125,000 people, though there will likely be quite a bit fewer than that because GT is playing a scrub opponent and nobody goes to Falcons preseason games.

Oh, and the downtown Connector will likely be shut down completely at some point Thursday evening when Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade goes through the city en route to a 7:30 p.m. event in Buckhead, the Atlanta Business Chronicle said.

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It’s a night that many outlets are calling the “perfect storm” for downtown traffic. Maybe this is our punishment for not living up to our gridlock hype – a recent Texas A&M study found Atlanta isn’t even in the top 10 cities with the worst traffic in America. We rank No. 12, somehow.

I’ll finish this article with a little good news, since you’ve stuck it out through all the bad: MARTA’s trains and buses will offer free rides this holiday weekend, according to

Photo: flickr/Carol VanHook

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