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MARTA Five Points

Station Transformation

MARTA is Transforming Five Points Station - Construction Impact

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Project location

Atlanta, GA

Project phase

Construction

Timeline

2022

Public Launch

2022-2024

Planning and Design

2022-2026

Concept Development and Public Engagement

Summer 2024

Construction

Reimagine Five Points

Since 1981, Five Points Station has been the heart of Atlanta’s downtown and the central transfer point between all rail lines. This summer, MARTA will begin the process of transforming the Five Points Station into a vibrant city center with improved transit connectivity, increased safety, and enhanced customer amenities.

This transformative station redesign will include: 

  • Revitalized plaza and platform levels

  • Improved navigation and wayfinding

  • Expanded public space for future retail and activities

Key Considerations for MARTA:

  • Station Access

  • ADA Access

  • Pedestrian / Customer Experience

  • Pedestrian / Customer Safety

  • Bus Routing Efficiency / Improvements

  • Special Event / Incident Resiliency

  • Curb Usage for other MARTA needs (Police, Kiss-n-Ride, Facilities, Staging, etc.)

  • MARTA is a Transit Agency; Five Points is the Hub

What's in the Works

MARTA's Five Points Station is set for a significant transformation to enhance transit connectivity, safety, and amenities. Starting in July, we will begin deconstructing the concrete canopy as the first phase of this project. The transformation includes a new, light-filled canopy, a centralized bus hub, and reconnecting Broad Street for pedestrians. Additional improvements will feature community spaces, public art, and urban agriculture.

Transformative Principles

The following principles were established to guide the design process:

Circulation

Provide seamless transit connectivity and connect flows of people

Environmental Comfort

Allow daylight and fresh air to the station below

Safety

Negotiate grade change and improve sightlines

Civic Heart

Create a vibrant beacon for the district

Activation

Support a diverse collection of programs

Public Benefits

Pedestrian Experience

Creating a welcoming and safe destination that incorporates elements like landscaping, lighting, wayfinding

Public Art

Honoring the legacy of the Five Points Station by incorporating public art throughout and creating designs that reflect the culture of the neighborhood

Transportation

Improving mobility and access for buses, cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists to bring different modes together in a safe and efficient way

Community Space

Reimagining how we use the station's open space to transform the station into a destination where people come to gather together

Sustainability

Incorporating sustainable design and construction practices and creating green spaces in an urban environment that captures the spirit of Atlanta’s moniker as a “City in a Forest”

Bus Connections - Who We Serve

Five Points Station currently serves 10 bus routes (seven terminate there and three pass by). When compared to the rest of MARTA’s service area, these routes provide direct access to our heavy rail system with fewer transfers and shorter travel times, which means greater access to opportunity. The demographics for the routes are shown to the right.

MARTA is working on a rework of its bus network and there could be a change in its service to Five Points.

Bus Services Terminating at Five Points Station:

21 - Memorial Drive

26 - Marietta Street/Perry Boulevard

42 - Pryor Road

49 - McDonough Boulevard

55 - Jonesboro Road

186 - Rainbow Drive/ South DeKalb

816 - Highland Avenue

Through-Routed Bus Services at Five Points Station:

3 - Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/ Auburn Avenue

40 - Peachtree Street / Downtown

813 - Atlanta University Center

Bus Routes and Demographics:

  • Six routes serve higher-than-average minority populations. (3, 42, 49, 55, 186, and 813)

  • Seven Routes serve higher-than-average populations in poverty (3, 26, 42, 49, 55, 186, and 813)

  • Seven routes serve higher-than-average disability populations (3, 21, 42, 49, 55, 186, 813)

  • Nine routes serve populations with more-than-average zero-car households (3, 21, 26, 40, 42, 49, 55, 186, and 813)

  • 22% in poverty, compared to 18% network-wide

  • 19% of households are zero-vehicle, compared to 13% system-wide

  • 12% live with a disability, compared to 11% system-wide

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A Team of Global Leaders

This transformation project is led by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM), a global leader in city design, transportation planning, and structural design. SOM is supported by several core subconsultants (Axis Infrastructure, EXP, and Tate and Hansen) and a number of specialty subconsultants.

MARTA Project Team

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Keli Davis, Director of Facilities Program Management, kdavis3@itsmarta.com

Romon Moultrie, Project Manager, rmoultrie@itsmarta.com

For information about the Five Points Station Rehabilitation project, please contact Project Manager Tyronne Rollins, erollins@itsmarta.com

Core Support

Lead

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Architecture, Structures, Sustainability, Project Management

www.som.com

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Axis Infrastructure

Alternate Project Manager MEP

axiscompanies.com

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EXP

Civil Structural Engineering

www.exp.com

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Tate + Hansen

Architecture & Planning

tatehansen.com

Specialty Support

Location

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