Atlanta airport MARTA reopens after $55 million renovation

MARTA's newly renovated airport station reopened to riders after a six-week closure on May 20, 2024. (Courtesy of MARTA)

The MARTA station at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reopened its turnstiles to passengers on Monday after a six-week hiatus — just in time for the Memorial Day travel rush.

The station was closed to riders April 8 to May 19 due to extensive renovations.

This included installing new platform pavers and new terrazzo flooring in the concourse, and preparing, sealing and painting the track and concourse walls.

The airport station project cost $55 million and is a part of MARTA’s $1 billion multi-year Station Rehabilitation Program.

“This was an incredibly successful project and I want to thank our customers for bearing with us while we completed this necessary work,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood in a press release. “Temporarily closing the station significantly reduced the overall construction time by 17 months and ensured the safety of workers and customers.”

While the station was closed, MARTA provided bus shuttle service from Hartsfield-Jackson to the College Park Station. Ridership was approximately 320,000 over the 42-day period the shuttles were in use, according to the press release.

Repair work on the airport station originally began in June 2022. Other upcoming updates include replacing ceilings and lighting, a new RideStore, full rehabilitation of the existing elevator, a public art installation, replacement of all signage and a renovation of employee spaces.

MARTA also updated its digital sign content at the airport station and all other stations to display more service information regarding train arrivals and scheduled bus arrivals in real time.