David Wickert

Reporter for Enterprise

David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties. A University of Tennessee graduate, he previously worked at newspapers in Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois and Washington state.

Latest from David Wickert

Georgia Dome implosion to shutter some MARTA lines Monday
  Monday’s implosion of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is expected to disrupt MARTA service for several hours. The dome is slated for demolition at 7:30 a.m. Monday. MARTA’s blue and green lines run between the dome and Mercedes-Benz
            Stadium, so the agency will suspend all rail service west of Five Points to the H.E. Holmes...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Monday’s implosion of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is expected to disrupt MARTA service for several hours. The dome is slated for demolition at 7:30 a.m. Monday. MARTA’s blue and green lines run between the dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so the agency will suspend all rail service west of Five Points to the H.E. Holmes...
Suburban Atlanta mayors eye transit on I-285
 Elected officials in several suburban cities have begun discussions that some hope will lead to a mass transit line along the top end of the Perimeter. Mayors and other officials from communities stretching from Smyrna in Cobb County to Doraville in DeKalb met last week for a first conversation about the need for transit options along I-285...

Posted: 3 days ago

Elected officials in several suburban cities have begun discussions that some hope will lead to a mass transit line along the top end of the Perimeter. Mayors and other officials from communities stretching from Smyrna in Cobb County to Doraville in DeKalb met last week for a first conversation about the need for transit options along I-285...
Suburban Atlanta mayors’ group eyes transit on I-285 top end 
 Elected officials in several suburban cities have begun discussions that some hope will lead to a mass transit line along the top end of the Perimeter. Mayors and other officials from communities stretching from Smyrna in Cobb County to Doraville in DeKalb met last week for a first conversation about the need for transit options along I-285...

Posted: 4 days ago

Elected officials in several suburban cities have begun discussions that some hope will lead to a mass transit line along the top end of the Perimeter. Mayors and other officials from communities stretching from Smyrna in Cobb County to Doraville in DeKalb met last week for a first conversation about the need for transit options along I-285...
Tell us: Are metro Atlanta’s express lanes making traffic better?
 The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes in Clayton and Henry counties are just some of the new lanes coming to metro Atlanta over
               the next decade or more. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, Georgia is trying to address some of the 
            world’s worst traffic by building a system...

Posted: 7 days ago

The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes in Clayton and Henry counties are just some of the new lanes coming to metro Atlanta over the next decade or more. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, Georgia is trying to address some of the world’s worst traffic by building a system...
Support for mass transit in metro Atlanta: A county-by-county breakdown
  As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
            reported last week, a new Atlanta Regional Commission survey found support for expanding public transit is on the rise in metro Atlanta. The “Metro Atlanta Speaks” survey found 49 percent of respondents in a 13-county area say expanding transit is the best way
            to address...

Posted: 8 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, a new Atlanta Regional Commission survey found support for expanding public transit is on the rise in metro Atlanta. The “Metro Atlanta Speaks” survey found 49 percent of respondents in a 13-county area say expanding transit is the best way to address...
Results of key local races in metro Atlanta
 Metro Atlanta voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect a slew of mayors, city council members, county commissioners and school board members. Some also decided whether to impose new taxes to pay for roads and other improvements. Here’s a look at some of the key races. The race for Atlanta City Council president pitted three already...

Posted: 9 days ago

Metro Atlanta voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect a slew of mayors, city council members, county commissioners and school board members. Some also decided whether to impose new taxes to pay for roads and other improvements. Here’s a look at some of the key races. The race for Atlanta City Council president pitted three already...
Distracted driving in metro Atlanta: Tell us your horror stories
 A driver was killed when his car crashed into a MARTA bus Oct. 21 in southwest Atlanta. Statistics from the Georgia Department
               of Transportation show 1,561 people died on Georgia roads last year. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
            reported last week, a state House of Representatives committee...

Posted: 10 days ago

A driver was killed when his car crashed into a MARTA bus Oct. 21 in southwest Atlanta. Statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation show 1,561 people died on Georgia roads last year. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, a state House of Representatives committee...
Georgia Dome implosion to shutter some MARTA lines for hours
  The upcoming implosion of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta could disrupt MARTA service for several hours – or perhaps longer. The dome is 
            slated for demolition at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20 – a Monday morning. During a presentation last week, the MARTA Board of Directors learned the event
            will require the suspension...

Posted: 11 days ago

The upcoming implosion of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta could disrupt MARTA service for several hours – or perhaps longer. The dome is slated for demolition at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20 – a Monday morning. During a presentation last week, the MARTA Board of Directors learned the event will require the suspension...
Metro Atlanta embraces development that’s ‘more we than me’
 After decades of suburban development that emphasized private property over public space, metro Atlanta is rediscovering walkable urban-style communities, an urban design expert told the region’s leaders Friday. Georgia Tech professor Ellen Dunham-Jones said the region is embracing new and redeveloped downtowns and public accommodations...

Posted: 14 days ago

After decades of suburban development that emphasized private property over public space, metro Atlanta is rediscovering walkable urban-style communities, an urban design expert told the region’s leaders Friday. Georgia Tech professor Ellen Dunham-Jones said the region is embracing new and redeveloped downtowns and public accommodations...
Poll: Metro Atlanta residents embrace mass transit
 Metro Atlanta residents increasingly see public transportation as the best way to tackle the region’s thorny traffic problems – and a majority are willing to pay higher taxes to cover the cost. Nearly half – 49 percent – of respondents in a 13-county area say expanding transit is the best way to address traffic congestion...

Posted: 14 days ago

Metro Atlanta residents increasingly see public transportation as the best way to tackle the region’s thorny traffic problems – and a majority are willing to pay higher taxes to cover the cost. Nearly half – 49 percent – of respondents in a 13-county area say expanding transit is the best way to address traffic congestion...
Georgia lawmakers seek solutions to distracted driving
 As she dropped off her 13-year-old son, Cheri Madliak told him she loved him and asked him to call when he was ready for a ride home. The call never came. Parker Madliak decided to walk home from his friend’s house. Hours later, on that dark February evening in 2015, police would find his body near Welcome Sargent Road in Newnan. He...

Posted: 16 days ago

As she dropped off her 13-year-old son, Cheri Madliak told him she loved him and asked him to call when he was ready for a ride home. The call never came. Parker Madliak decided to walk home from his friend’s house. Hours later, on that dark February evening in 2015, police would find his body near Welcome Sargent Road in Newnan. He...