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Accessibility Guide for Atlanta, GA CCCC 2011

Submitted by Margaret Price, Spelman College Updated January 12, 2011


Atlanta Airport

  • The airport is arranged in one long line, with terminals appearing along the line in the following order: Baggage Claim/Entrance T A B C D. (Don’t ask me why ―T‖ comes before ―A‖ in this world; it confuses everyone.) All terminals can be reached by walking/rolling indoors or by taking the wheelchair-accessible shuttle. Do not be stressed by references to the ―North‖ or ―South‖ sides of the airport; they’re adjacent, and only about 50 yards apart from each other, across a flat, indoor lobby area.

  • Gates are located one level above the shuttle level. The general assumption is that travelers will ascend/descend to gates via escalator; elevators are fairly slow and will require that you plan for about 5-10 minutes’ extra travel time.

  • Reports from my wheelchair-using friends say that the roll-you-where-you-need-to-go service at the airport is pretty good, and is provided up to the baggage claim area if desired.

  • The airport is almost always very crowded; plan for enough time to navigate through crowded terminals and long security lines. FYI, the longest security line I’ve been in at this airport has been about 45 minutes. My usual time through security is more like 10-15 minutes.


  • Checker Cab (404-351-1111). Call ahead to request an accessible van, or visit


Rail and Bus System

  • MARTA is Atlanta’s rail and bus system (http://www.itsmarta.com). Reviews are mixed. All buses are supposed to kneel or have wheelchair lifts, but I have heard from friends that this isn’t always the case. However, the rail line is reliably wheelchair-accessible.

  • MARTA’s rail line from the airport will drop you off right at Peachtree Center, which has a skyway that connects to the Marriott Marquis. Their website also has quite an extensive section on access (http://www.itsmarta.com/marta-accessibility.aspx).

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