Five Points (MARTA station)

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Five Points
MARTA rapid transit station
Fivepointsstation.jpg
Station statistics
Address 20 Broad St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Coordinates 33°45′14″N 84°23′30″W / 33.753826°N 84.391571°W / 33.753826; -84.391571Coordinates: 33°45′14″N 84°23′30″W / 33.753826°N 84.391571°W / 33.753826; -84.391571
Line(s)
Connections CCT, GCT, GRTA
Structure type Underground (Red and Gold Lines)
At-grade (Blue and Green Lines)
Levels 1 for Blue and Green Lines, 1 for Red and Gold Lines, plus a third concourse level for faregates, and additionally a plaza level.
Platforms 4 side platforms (two per level)
2 island platforms (one per level)
Tracks 4 (2 per level)
Parking None
Bicycle facilities None
Other information
Opened December 22, 1979 (East-West)
December 4, 1981 (North-South)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Breeze Card Yes
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 9.198 million[1]
Services
Preceding station   MARTA   Following station
toward Airport
Red Line
Gold Line
toward Doraville
Blue Line
toward Indian Creek
toward Bankhead
Green Line

Five Points is a tri-level underground multi-platform metro station of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail system. It is the transfer point for all rail lines and serves as the main transportation hub for MARTA. It provides access to the Five Points Business District, Underground Atlanta, City Hall, the Richard B. Russell Federal Building, Cobb Community Transit, Gwinnett County Transit, GRTA Xpress Transit, and the tourism heart of Downtown Atlanta. It provides connecting bus service to Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park, Atlanta University Center, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, Carter Center, Atlanta City Hall, Fulton County Government Center and Turner Field.

Despite being considered subway, only the Red and Gold Lines are underground and utilize a tunnel under Broad Street between Garnett and Peachtree Center. The Blue and Green Lines, on the second level, are located at-grade below the intersecting elevated street viaducts in Downtown Atlanta.

Station layout[edit]

1 Street Level Forsyth Street Entrance/Exit, Alabama Street, plaza level
G Concourse Peachtree Street Entrance/Exit, Fare barriers, Underground Atlanta
B1
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Green Line toward Bankhead (Dome / GWCC / Philips Arena / CNN Center)
Blue Line toward Hamilton E. Holmes (Dome / GWCC / Philips Arena / CNN Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Green Line toward Edgewood/Candler Park (Georgia State)
Blue Line toward Indian Creek (Georgia State)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B2
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Gold Line toward Airport (Garnett)
Red Line toward Airport (Garnett)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Gold Line toward Doraville (Peachtree Center)
Red Line toward North Springs (Peachtree Center)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Plaza entrance to the Five Points station
Facade of the Eiseman Building in the Five Points Station

The station is composed of three levels, and an additional plaza level. At the surface is the plaza level, which provides access to the concourse level, Alabama Street, and shopping along a pedestrian only portion of Broad Street. The plaza level also houses the MARTA police precinct. The plaza level connects to the concourse level, which has the faregates and provides access to the rail platforms. Outside the paid area are the MARTA Ride Store, Half Fare Office, and Lost and Found, and a Zip car location. Outside the faregates is a tunnel to Underground Atlanta and stairs to Peachtree Street, Alabama Street, and Forsyth Street. Within the faregates are restrooms, an information kiosk, and stairs to the platforms. Directly underneath the concourse level are the Blue Line and Green Line platforms. Running underneath and perpendicular to the Blue/Green platforms are the Red Line and Gold Line platforms. At the end of the platform is the original facade of the Eiseman Building, which was demolished to make way for the station; however, the facade is more visible from some of the platforms. Elevators provide disabled access to all levels of the station. This is the busiest station in the MARTA system, handling an average of 57,000 people per business day, and over 27,000 on weekends.

Construction[edit]

Design and engineering began in 1973, existing properties were acquired and demolished in 1974–1975, and actual construction began in early 1976. The station was constructed using the cut-and-cover method. The Gold Line (then called North-South line) was built beneath Broad Street, and the Blue Line (then called East-West line) was constructed next to the railroad freight lines that run through Downtown Atlanta. Five Points Station opened on December 22, 1979 with the original East-West platform open only. The initial opening of the station was almost delayed because of construction on the lower level. The North-South platform did not open until December 4, 1981. Major renovations to both the east and west street-level plazas of the station began in April 2006.

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