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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

Will the Braves’ SunTrust Park create a traffic nightmare?
 Take a bustling commercial district where 65,000 employees and hundreds of thousands of commuters clog roads and highways at rush hour. Add a 41,000-seat stadium that could draw another 13,000 vehicles – just as those employees and other commuters are heading home. Now imagine it’s your job to make sure this does not become a...

Posted: 4 days ago

Take a bustling commercial district where 65,000 employees and hundreds of thousands of commuters clog roads and highways at rush hour. Add a 41,000-seat stadium that could draw another 13,000 vehicles – just as those employees and other commuters are heading home. Now imagine it’s your job to make sure this does not become a...
Reed administration statement on AJC’s Atlanta Streetcar stories
 Mayor Kasim Reed’s office issued the statement below about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s two-part look at lingering problems with the Atlanta Streetcar. ATLANTA – “Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution headline on the Atlanta Streetcar should have read ‘State officials pleased with Streetcar progress...

Posted: 6 days ago

Mayor Kasim Reed’s office issued the statement below about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s two-part look at lingering problems with the Atlanta Streetcar. ATLANTA – “Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution headline on the Atlanta Streetcar should have read ‘State officials pleased with Streetcar progress...
Mayor’s office blasts AJC coverage of Atlanta Streetcar problems
 Mayor Kasim Reed apparently was not happy with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s two-part look at the lingering problems of the Atlanta Streetcar. On Sunday the newspaper reported that Atlanta has resolved just 20 of 66 issues raised in a Georgia Department of Transportation audit in February 2016. The issues were serious enough that...

Posted: 5 days ago

Mayor Kasim Reed apparently was not happy with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s two-part look at the lingering problems of the Atlanta Streetcar. On Sunday the newspaper reported that Atlanta has resolved just 20 of 66 issues raised in a Georgia Department of Transportation audit in February 2016. The issues were serious enough that...
Atlanta Streetcar faces audit, ridership challenges
 The Atlanta Streetcar was short-staffed. Safety and security procedures were lax. Accidents were not properly investigated or reported. Defective equipment disrupted service. Those were among the dozens of problems identified in a stinging audit of the $99 million project. More than a year later, the city has resolved fewer than one-third...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Atlanta Streetcar was short-staffed. Safety and security procedures were lax. Accidents were not properly investigated or reported. Defective equipment disrupted service. Those were among the dozens of problems identified in a stinging audit of the $99 million project. More than a year later, the city has resolved fewer than one-third...
Atlanta Streetcar ridership plummets, and many don’t pay
 Ridership on the Atlanta Streetcar plummeted 58 percent last year as the city began charging to ride. What’s more, as many as half of those who took a spin on the downtown rail line didn’t bother to pay. That may be one reason Atlanta recovers a far smaller share of its expenses from passengers than some other streetcars around...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ridership on the Atlanta Streetcar plummeted 58 percent last year as the city began charging to ride. What’s more, as many as half of those who took a spin on the downtown rail line didn’t bother to pay. That may be one reason Atlanta recovers a far smaller share of its expenses from passengers than some other streetcars around...
Work remains to address Atlanta Streetcar audit
 The Atlanta Streetcar was short-staffed. Safety and security procedures were lax. Accidents were not properly investigated or reported. Defective equipment disrupted service. Those were among the dozens of problems identified in a stinging audit of the $99 million project. More than a year later, the city has resolved fewer than one-third...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Atlanta Streetcar was short-staffed. Safety and security procedures were lax. Accidents were not properly investigated or reported. Defective equipment disrupted service. Those were among the dozens of problems identified in a stinging audit of the $99 million project. More than a year later, the city has resolved fewer than one-third...
Measure that could affect MARTA Cobb expansion advances in House
 A House of Representatives committee Wednesday passed a resolution that mass transit advocates fear could hamper a MARTA expansion into Cobb County for half a century. The House State Properties Committee approved Senate Resolution 228, which authorizes the state to sell or lease a slew of public properties. Among them: the 137-mile Western...

Posted: 12 days ago

A House of Representatives committee Wednesday passed a resolution that mass transit advocates fear could hamper a MARTA expansion into Cobb County for half a century. The House State Properties Committee approved Senate Resolution 228, which authorizes the state to sell or lease a slew of public properties. Among them: the 137-mile Western...