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

School’s coming, and Atlanta traffic will get worse … or will it?
 BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM If your office is like mine, people are already buzzing about how bad Atlanta traffic is going to be once school resumes –
            in some district that’s 
            next week. They’re dreading the longer commutes, the more intense stop-and-go traffic that inevitably comes when school resumes...

Posted: 8 hours ago

BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM If your office is like mine, people are already buzzing about how bad Atlanta traffic is going to be once school resumes – in some district that’s next week. They’re dreading the longer commutes, the more intense stop-and-go traffic that inevitably comes when school resumes...
MARTA defends service for the metro Atlanta disabled in court
 MARTA is in court this week defending itself against complaints that its paratransit service is so unreliable it violates federal law. In testimony Wednesday, several disabled passengers and the relatives of others said paratransit buses often don’t show up on time, making them late for work or school. “I’ve had some good...

Posted: a day ago

MARTA is in court this week defending itself against complaints that its paratransit service is so unreliable it violates federal law. In testimony Wednesday, several disabled passengers and the relatives of others said paratransit buses often don’t show up on time, making them late for work or school. “I’ve had some good...
Georgia official may get a $100K raise in wake of I-85 rebuild
 Georgia’s top transportation official may get a $100,000 raise, in part because of his handling of the I-85 bridge collapse. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry would earn $350,000 annually if the State Transportation Board approves the 40 percent raise. Board Chairman Robert Brown said McMurry deserves...

Posted: 3 days ago

Georgia’s top transportation official may get a $100,000 raise, in part because of his handling of the I-85 bridge collapse. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry would earn $350,000 annually if the State Transportation Board approves the 40 percent raise. Board Chairman Robert Brown said McMurry deserves...
Metro Atlanta road work could affect your weekend plans
  School is just around the corner, and summer may be winding down. But the road construction season is still in full swing. Here’s a look at the metro Atlanta highway construction that could affect your travel plans this weekend, courtesy of the
            Georgia Department of Transportation. As usual, much of the work is related...

Posted: 6 days ago

School is just around the corner, and summer may be winding down. But the road construction season is still in full swing. Here’s a look at the metro Atlanta highway construction that could affect your travel plans this weekend, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Transportation. As usual, much of the work is related...
Watch out: Georgia cracks down on speeding this week
 A driver was killed when his car crashed into a MARTA bus Oct. 21 in southwest Atlanta. Preliminary statistics from the Georgia
               Department of Transportation show 1,561 people died on Georgia roads last year. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM Think you can get away with speeding on Georgia highways? You may want to think twice &ndash...

Posted: 10 days ago

A driver was killed when his car crashed into a MARTA bus Oct. 21 in southwest Atlanta. Preliminary statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation show 1,561 people died on Georgia roads last year. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM Think you can get away with speeding on Georgia highways? You may want to think twice &ndash...
Fulton County assessment freeze could make it harder to catch up
 An effort to appease homeowners in Fulton County, who this year complained about dramatic increases in property assessments, might make it even harder to fairly assess property in the future. And it’s costing Fulton County money millions of dollars. A report released this week, by the state Department of Audits and Accounts, shows Fulton&rsquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

An effort to appease homeowners in Fulton County, who this year complained about dramatic increases in property assessments, might make it even harder to fairly assess property in the future. And it’s costing Fulton County money millions of dollars. A report released this week, by the state Department of Audits and Accounts, shows Fulton&rsquo...
A glimpse of Atlanta’s traffic future … in Denver
 DENVER – If you want to see what metro Atlanta’s transportation future might look like, visit Union Station in downtown Denver. From there, commuter and light rail trains depart for the suburbs in every direction. Express buses filled with college students arrive from Boulder, an 18-mile trip on highway toll lanes. Free shuttles...

Posted: 27 days ago

DENVER – If you want to see what metro Atlanta’s transportation future might look like, visit Union Station in downtown Denver. From there, commuter and light rail trains depart for the suburbs in every direction. Express buses filled with college students arrive from Boulder, an 18-mile trip on highway toll lanes. Free shuttles...
Want to see Atlanta’s traffic future? Denver offers a glimpse
 DENVER – If you want to see what metro Atlanta’s transportation future might look like, visit Union Station in downtown Denver. From there, commuter and light rail trains depart for the suburbs in every direction. Express buses filled with college students arrive from Boulder, an 18-mile trip on highway toll lanes. Free shuttles...

Posted: 28 days ago

DENVER – If you want to see what metro Atlanta’s transportation future might look like, visit Union Station in downtown Denver. From there, commuter and light rail trains depart for the suburbs in every direction. Express buses filled with college students arrive from Boulder, an 18-mile trip on highway toll lanes. Free shuttles...
Values Fulton County will use for 2017 assessments are already behind
 An effort to appease homeowners in Fulton County, who this year complained about dramatic increases in property assessments, might come back to haunt them next year when assessed values are expected to be even higher. The lag in assessing property at market value is already costing local governments revenue. Its persistence could...

Posted: 28 days ago

An effort to appease homeowners in Fulton County, who this year complained about dramatic increases in property assessments, might come back to haunt them next year when assessed values are expected to be even higher. The lag in assessing property at market value is already costing local governments revenue. Its persistence could...
Ralston urges bold action on mass transit in Georgia
  Speaker David Ralston sought bold action Thursday from a state House of Representatives commission charged with plotting Georgia’s
            mass transit future. The commission began its first meeting with a cheerleading speech from the speaker, who said mass transit will be critical
            to economic development in the future...

Posted: 28 days ago

Speaker David Ralston sought bold action Thursday from a state House of Representatives commission charged with plotting Georgia’s mass transit future. The commission began its first meeting with a cheerleading speech from the speaker, who said mass transit will be critical to economic development in the future...