Atlanta mayor asks MARTA to pump the brakes on Five Points renovation

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Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is asking for a pause on renovations to MARTA’s Five Points station. (Emil Moffatt/WABE)

Mayor Andre Dickens wants MARTA to pause its controversial $230 million overhaul of the Five Points station.

That’s after Atlanta’s chief financial officer cited “concerns” from an ongoing audit of More MARTA , a voter-approved sales tax program to fund transit projects.

As of now, MARTA says buses will be re-routed from Five Points on July 6, and MARTA will completely shut down pedestrian access at the end of July.

Atlanta leaders wanted to complete renovations in time for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

But Axios reports, in a letter sent Thursday to MARTA CEO Collie Greenwood, Dickens said the city needs to review preliminary findings that require “clarity and attention,” and should receive the final audit report in late July.

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Collie Greenwood, General Manager and CEO of MARTA, speaks at a transit equity event in Atlanta Feb. 4, 2022 (Emil Moffatt/WABE)

Thomas Wheatley is a reporter for Axios Atlanta covering the story, and he joined “All Things Considered” to talk about what he’s found out.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.