Atlanta's New SkyTrain Connects Airport, Convention Center

An elevated people mover connecting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a new rental car facility, and the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in between them, has debuted in Atlanta, airport officials announced last week, making Atlanta the only U.S. city with a convention center that's directly connected to a major airport.

Called the ATL SkyTrain, the free people mover began service on Dec. 8 between Hartsfield-Jackson and its new 67.5-acre rental car facility. A five-minute ride each way, the SkyTrain makes one stop at the GICC, giving convention travelers easy, streamlined access to fly-in meetings.

"This marks an exciting day for the GICC," GICC Executive Director Hugh Austin said in a statement. "This convention center was strategically built in this location to capitalize on Hartsfield-Jackson's new rental car center and specifically the accompanying people mover, the ATL SkyTrain. This new direct connection to Hartsfield-Jackson truly makes the GICC one of the most internationally accessible convention centers in the country."

While the people mover will make the GICC more accessible to meeting attendees, the new rental car facility at the end of the line is expected to make the entire airport more accessible to all travelers, as it will enable the airport to take more than 125 rental car company shuttle buses off the streets, improving traffic flow at and around the airport.

"Our passengers will enjoy the speed and convenience of having all rental car operations, including customer transaction counters and vehicles, in one easily accessible location," Hartsfield-Jackson Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta said in a statement. "More than 2 million passengers complete rental car transactions each year at Hartsfield-Jackson, so it was imperative to develop a solution to meet the increasing needs of travelers both today and in the future."