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A Station Transformation for

MARTA Five Points

Project location

Atlanta, GA

Project phase


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Transforming Transit continues with a redesign of MARTA’s Five Points station

MARTA continues to move forward with creating a better, more connected Atlanta. At the center of it all, the Five Points Station has served us well. For over 25 years, MARTA has moved over 3.5 billion people throughout the region, with Five Points being the busiest station. We are giving the station the much needed love that it deserves, by redesigning and constructing a state-of-the-art station that we know will make the experience better for our riders and attract others to the station.
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Reimagine Five Points

As we re-envision the Five Points Station, we imagine a space in which we can create community and make connections. The redesign and renovation includes a newly designed plaza level, improved wayfinding and transfers for our customers, and public spaces that allow for more retail and activities. The interior platform levels will also be renovated to improve the experience for customers. We invite you to be a part of this process!

What's in the Works

MARTA's Five Points Transformation is currently undergoing an Environmental Review as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. MARTA’s project team, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta, has presented a preferred design concept that aligns with our long-term transit goals while addressing the diverse needs of the community. This design aims to create a dynamic civic space and transit hub in Downtown Atlanta. Should there be a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) coming out of the environmental review process, we will progress into the next stages of project planning. 

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The following principles were established to guide the design process.

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The design concept anticipates the upcoming deconstruction of the existing concrete canopy structure, to be replaced with a new canopy that allows ample light and ventilation above. The plaza level will incorporate community activities, public art, agriculture, and gathering places. The concourse level will feature public art and customer amenities.

A critical factor in determining the layout of the site plan was accommodating the needs of MARTA customers who travel to and through Five Points every day by both train and bus. Five Points is the hub of the MARTA system, which requires a range of considerations:

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Five Points 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 of these routes are shown below.

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While the design concept offers much more detail on the structural and operational layout, there is still extensive public input needed as the project moves ahead into full design. The concept creates potential spaces for activities, but the exact placement and programming of these activities requires more engagement in the near future.

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MARTA is proud to be working with teams at SOM, a globally recognized transportation design firm, and Skanska, a proven leader in the construction of extremely complex major infrastructure projects around the world.

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We are also proud to work with the Atlanta-based Hummingbird Firm to conduct and document public engagement through the delivery of the project. Thank you to the hundreds of customers and interested citizens who have engaged with the project so far, either through in-person events or on this website. Please stay tuned to the website and sign up for email updates to stay informed.

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Please take some time to review the presentation, as well as a video with fly-through renderings that allow you to experience the possibility of what’s to come. We hope this further inspires our customers and neighbors to offer their ideas for bringing this concept to life.

We have much more to come and we look forward to delivering a project worthy of our customers and the City of Atlanta.

- MARTA’s Five Points Transformation project team

What's Happening Next

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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.

Public Benefits

Pedestrian Streetscape

Creating a welcoming and safe destination that prioritizes streets and sidewalks and 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


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


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”


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