ATL Skytrain

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Type People mover
Locale Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serving Atlanta
Termini Consolidated rental car facility
Main Terminal
Stations 3
Services 1
Opening December 8, 2009
Owner Atlanta Department of Aviation
Operator(s) Atlanta Department of Aviation
Character Serves non-sterile airport traffic
Rolling stock Mitsubishi Crystal Mover vehicles
Line length 1.5 miles
Highest elevation Elevated
Route map
Main Terminal
Gateway Center
Consolidated Rental Car Facility
Maintenance Facility

The ATL SkyTrain is an automated people mover (APM) line at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.[1] The system opened on December 8, 2009. Unlike The Plane Train, which is located underground, inside the secure zone of the airport, the ATL SkyTrain is located outside the airport's secure zone and is elevated, crossing Interstate 85.

Layout and operation[edit]

In addition to the Consolidated Rental Car Facility, the new APM connects the airport to the Gateway Center of the Georgia International Convention Center, where a new station was built. The ride takes five minutes to travel from the terminal to the Hartsfield-Jackson Rental Car Center and vice versa, with a two and a half minute wait at each station.[2] The station at the airport is located adjacent to MARTA's Airport station at the west end of the main terminal complex. The ATL SkyTrain uses Mitsubishi Crystal Mover vehicles as its rolling stock, (unlike The Plane Train, which uses Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles, delivered in 2002). The system uses six two-car trains.[2] The Hartsfield-Jackson Rental Car Center also features a maintenance and storage building where trains can be stored and repaired when necessary.[3] The train announcements are voiced by professional voice talent, Sharon Feingold, who is also the voice behind the Incline Railway at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and since March 2012, the voice behind The Plane Train, replacing the previous female voice introduced in 2006 by Susan Bennett in preparation for the opening of Concourse F and the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal.

Automated people mover car specifications[edit]

The following are the current automated people mover car specifications for the ATL SkyTrain currently in use since the 2009 opening of the line:

Capacity (one car): 52 passengers
Number of cars: 12, plus one maintenance vehicle
Weight: 36,000 pounds (16,000 kg)
Length: 36.5 feet (11.1 m)
Width: 8.8 feet (2.7 m)
Height: 11.9 feet (3.6 m)
Top speed: 40 mph
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


See also[edit]

  • The Plane Train - An underground automated people mover completed in 1980 located within the airport's secure zone.


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