City of Atlanta Department of Aviation


Atlanta, GA




Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, Planning, Experiential Design and Wayfinding, Construction Management

Known as the ATL SkyTrain, the automated people mover (APM) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) carries travelers and convention-goers alike on a quick, convenient, and scenic ride between ATL, Georgia International Convention Center, and ATL’s remote Rental Car Center (RCC). Gresham Smith provided architectural design, construction administration and project management services for two APM stations—one at the convention center and another at the airport’s main domestic terminal. The APM has been essential in helping ATL reduce traffic congestion, cut down on pollution, improve the passenger experience, and extend the busy terminal’s useful life.

Both station platforms are built multiple stories off the ground and straddled by the inbound and outbound APM guideways, allowing trains to run continuously on a level surface. Vertical circulation cores on the north and south ends of each station offer ground-level access via elevators, escalators and stairs. The platforms are fully enclosed for passenger comfort, while large roof overhangs provide protection from the elements for passengers entering and exiting the SkyTrain.

the inside of an automated people mover station at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The terminal station has a pleasing yet simple aesthetic, which will allow it to be more easily incorporated into the terminal building during a future expansion envisioned in the airport’s master plan. The 280-foot by 45-foot platform sits 29 feet above grade, with vertical circulation cores providing easy access to both ends of the airport’s baggage claim and ticketing hall. Storefront glazing fills the open, high-volume platform space with abundant natural light.

a closer view of an elevated automated people mover station over a roadway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Designed to fit within the fabric of the Georgia International Convention Center, the second station features a 200-foot by 31-foot platform situated 57 feet above grade, with durable finishes to withstand high-traffic, and covered walkways to the convention center and adjacent hotels. The connection this station creates between the airport and convention center has prompted additional economic development by the nearby City of College Park in the form of new mixed-use buildings, hotels and restaurants.