Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has been the busiest airport in the world since 1998. Today, this attractive 8-terminal airport hosts 100 million passengers per year with flights to every large city in North America, plus many to Europe, Latin America and Africa. It is a hub for Delta Airlines, Frontier, Southwest and Spirit airlines. Runways were widened to support the humongous Airbus A380. Modernization projects have resulted in WiFi, charging stations, shopping, dining, lounge, meditation room, passenger amenities and artwork lovingly populating each terminal. Hartsfield–Jackson Rental Car Center houses all car rental agencies and features 9,900 parking spaces. ATL Skytrain, the Airport People Mover between Terminals and Car Rental Center, is fast and frequent. The airport is partly named in honor of late Mayor Maynard Jackson, who pushed through expansion funding that enabled it to become the busiest airport. If only all large airports could function this well. ATL Terminal Map
MARTA rapid transit runs every 6 minutes from ATL Airport to downtown Atlanta. Super Shuttle: is available for the 20-mile ride to downtown Atlanta. Make your reservation via 800-258-3826. Taxi cabs at the ground transportation level are plentiful. Car Rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty provide service via the rental center. Board the Rental Car bus as you exit the any terminal.
Penn Station, with its neo-classic architecture, café, gift shop and airy atmosphere, is a great venue for travelers. Located just north of downtown at 1688 Peachtree Street, NW, this intermodal transportation center hosts Amtrak and small taxi depot for this Amtrak route:
Crescent: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Charlotte-Atlanta-New Orleans
Amtrak trains currently run pretty slow between Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond and Washington each day. Faster Amtrak speeds are planned in the Southeast Corridor.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides 4 heavy rail lines (subway and elevated) radiating from Downtown to ATL Airport, colleges, and entertainment and centers. MARTA uses a fare card similar to transit systems worldwide and operates 5a-Midnight with 6-15 minute train frequency. It attracts over 232,00 weekday patrons to its 38 stations and 48 miles of track. See routes on MARTA SYSTEM MAP
MARTA will expand via Heavy Rail, Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit to more corridors in the near future .
Enjoy Atlanta Streetcar running a circulator route between Auburn Avenue and Centennial Olympic Park. You can’t beat the convenience or views for a $1 fare. Streetcars run every 10-15 minutes every day.
DESCRIPTION: Excellent tour guides, they create special events on comfortable tour buses to African American Landmarks, particularly along Auburn Avenue; reservations required
Atlanta Freeway Network features a “wheel and spoke” network of 6 freeways that mostly go to Downtown. Each freeway has 8-12 lanes. The network has well designed intersections and exit/entry lanes. Nevertheless, the freeway network is a victim of decades of growth, plus inadequate expansion of the MARTA rapid transit system in three corridors.