MARTA Will Begin Five Points Transformation Project This Summer

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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ATLANTA – MARTA is starting the Five Points transformation project in July. Service impacts are expected to last for 18 months.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) reports it is transforming the Five Points Station into a city center that will allow for better transit connectivity and safety. The first phase is expected to begin in July when crews will deconstruct the concrete canopy. Future work phases “include building a new canopy that allows for ample light and ventilation, establishing a centralized bus hub, and reconnecting Broad Street to pedestrian traffic.” Crews will also work to incorporate community spaces and public art. The project’s cost is estimated to be $230 million. The funds are coming from the More MARTA Atlanta half-penny sales tax, $13.8 million is from the state of Georgia, $25 million is from a Federal RAISE Grant. 

Service is expected to be impacted to allow for work to take place. The first service impact will start July 6th. The second service impact will begin July 29th. Information regarding transportation alternatives for riders can be found here.

MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood said, “Transforming our hub will have a direct impact for customers currently using MARTA and make transit a more attractive choice for those who live nearby. . . Encouraging use of public transit to destinations surrounding Five Points reduces the need for surface parking downtown, allowing spaces to be redeveloped as affordable housing, green spaces, and other amenities that improve quality of life and enhance a city landscape.”

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