winning entry in ‘Name the Train’ contest
It’s been called many things during its 30 years of service, but today Hartsfield-Jackson’s automated people mover (APM) has an official name as the Airport reveals the winner of the “Name the Train” contest.
“I’m pleased to announce that, from now on, the automated people mover at Hartsfield-Jackson will be known as The Plane Train,” said Robert Kennedy, interim general manager. “It’s short and sweet, and it highlights the train’s mission to transport more than 200,000 daily passengers among six concourses.”
On April 1, the Airport began the four-week social media contest to select an official name for the busiest airport train in the world. More than 600 contest entries and comments were received on the Airport’s YouTube channel and Facebook fan page in response to a behind-the-scenes video of The Plane Train.
Some interesting entries included the Crimson Rocket, the Zipper, The Billy Jack Tube and the Hey!Train. Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” were happy to see the COLBERT (Carrier of Lovely Beautiful Excited Ready Travelers) submitted on the Airport’s Facebook fan page on the first day of the contest.
The entry that ultimately won was posted shortly after the contest began by Don Auensen of Marietta.
Along with the lifelong satisfaction and pride that go along with naming the world’s busiest airport train, Auensen also received a certificate and a $100 American Express gift card.
The new name will help distinguish The Plane Train from the two other trains operating at Hartsfield-Jackson. The ATL SkyTrain, which opened in December, is an elevated APM that connects the terminal to the new rental car center, with a stop at the Georgia International Convention Center. MARTA also has a train station at the Airport, connecting Hartsfield-Jackson to the citywide transit system.
Meet the newly dubbed The Plane Train!
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