MARTA Airport Station reopens ahead of busy Memorial Day weekend

ATLANTA — After more than a month of being closed for renovations and upgrades, the MARTA station at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has reopened.

The airport station first closed on April 8, and MARTA officials set up an additional shuttle to accommodate travelers to get them from College Park Station to the airport shuttle. Services were available for this option 22 hours a day during the construction period.

WSB learned that the station was closed to undergo updates to infrastructure and to make the area more accessible for safety improvements.

Additionally, the six-week closure at the station included adding a new canopy structure, rehabilitating elevators, replacing ceilings and lighting, adding a new RideStore, installing new public art, replacing signage, and renovating employee space.

The station reponed on Monday, ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend, and was ready to serve commuters and travelers, according to MARTA.

AAA projects around 43.8 million people will travel 50 miles or more from their homes over the holiday weekend.

The number of projected travelers this year is up about 4% from last year, according to AAA. It is a close match to the record set in 2005 of 44 million people who traveled Memorial Day weekend.

“We haven’t seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel. “We’re projecting an additional one million travelers this holiday weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we’re exceeding pre-pandemic levels but also signals a very busy summer travel season ahead.”

AAA is projecting a 5% increase over last year in airline travel, CBS News reported.

United Airlines is reportedly planning to have around half a million people flying between May 23 and May 28. Delta Airlines is expecting about three million and American Airlines is expecting about 3.9 million, CBS News reported.

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