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

Are fast buses the future of mass transit in Atlanta?
 When people think of mass transit in Atlanta, they usually think of MARTA – especially MARTA’s passenger rail service. But another kind of mass transit has captured the imaginations of the region’s public officials. Bus rapid transit is like a MARTA line on tires instead of rails. Passengers board at stations, not bus stops...

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When people think of mass transit in Atlanta, they usually think of MARTA – especially MARTA’s passenger rail service. But another kind of mass transit has captured the imaginations of the region’s public officials. Bus rapid transit is like a MARTA line on tires instead of rails. Passengers board at stations, not bus stops...
Can fast buses help ease Atlanta's traffic nightmare?
L.A. Metro's El Monte Station   the eastern terminus of the Silver Line   is a two-story facility with 29 bus bays. It serves Greyhound and neighboring Foothills Transit as well as Metro s bus rapid transit line.

Posted: 20 hours ago

L.A. Metro's El Monte Station the eastern terminus of the Silver Line is a two-story facility with 29 bus bays. It serves Greyhound and neighboring Foothills Transit as well as Metro s bus rapid transit line.
Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?
 LOS ANGELES – For decades metro Atlanta residents have debated whether to expand MARTA rail service into the suburbs – a debate that usually ended with suburban residents saying “no.” But another form of public transportation – bus rapid transit – has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials...

Posted: 20 hours ago

LOS ANGELES – For decades metro Atlanta residents have debated whether to expand MARTA rail service into the suburbs – a debate that usually ended with suburban residents saying “no.” But another form of public transportation – bus rapid transit – has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials...
Atlanta City Council approves streetcar transfer to MARTA
 The Atlanta City Council has approved plans to turn the city’s troubled streetcar line over to MARTA next year. On Monday the council approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Kasim Reed to transfer all Atlanta Streetcar operations, staffing, maintenance and other functions. The $99 million streetcar opened in December 2014 amid sky-high...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Atlanta City Council has approved plans to turn the city’s troubled streetcar line over to MARTA next year. On Monday the council approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Kasim Reed to transfer all Atlanta Streetcar operations, staffing, maintenance and other functions. The $99 million streetcar opened in December 2014 amid sky-high...
Atlanta’s ‘smart’ North Avenue sports the latest traffic technology
 Atlanta unveiled a stretch of “smart” road Thursday that could help usher in an era of driverless cars and transform the city’s transportation infrastructure. The North Avenue Smart Corridor Project – which stretches from the Coca-Cola headquarters and Georgia Tech to the Ponce City Market – includes adaptive...

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta unveiled a stretch of “smart” road Thursday that could help usher in an era of driverless cars and transform the city’s transportation infrastructure. The North Avenue Smart Corridor Project – which stretches from the Coca-Cola headquarters and Georgia Tech to the Ponce City Market – includes adaptive...
250 stoplights out across Georgia; Do you know the rules of the road?
 2:40 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation reports there are still about 250 traffic signals out across the state. And the agency says that’s causing problems because some drivers don’t seem to know what to do when they come across one. For the record, here’s what you’re supposed to do under Georgia...

Posted: 8 days ago

2:40 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation reports there are still about 250 traffic signals out across the state. And the agency says that’s causing problems because some drivers don’t seem to know what to do when they come across one. For the record, here’s what you’re supposed to do under Georgia...
Florida evacuees hit the road after Irma, snarling Georgia traffic
 The Fairfield Inn & Suites on the outskirts of Columbus was emptying fast Tuesday morning, as the Floridians who had lodged there packed up and headed south. Joe Dark, of Sarasota, was loading his silver SUV with clothes and a box that included a loaf of bread, as I-185 across the parking lot buzzed with traffic. He was expecting a tough...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Fairfield Inn & Suites on the outskirts of Columbus was emptying fast Tuesday morning, as the Floridians who had lodged there packed up and headed south. Joe Dark, of Sarasota, was loading his silver SUV with clothes and a box that included a loaf of bread, as I-185 across the parking lot buzzed with traffic. He was expecting a tough...
Metro Atlanta transit services resume Wednesday; state opens bridges
 5:45 p.m. update: Metro Atlanta transit services will resume normal operations Wednesday. MARTA resumed regular service today. The state’s Xpress bus system, CobbLink and Gwinnett County Transit will resume normal service Wednesday. Also, the governor’s office says all state bridges in the coastal evacuation zone are have been...

Posted: 10 days ago

5:45 p.m. update: Metro Atlanta transit services will resume normal operations Wednesday. MARTA resumed regular service today. The state’s Xpress bus system, CobbLink and Gwinnett County Transit will resume normal service Wednesday. Also, the governor’s office says all state bridges in the coastal evacuation zone are have been...
Georgia to Floridians: Don’t drive home while Irma still blows
 Georgia officials who rolled out the welcome mat for their Florida neighbors want them to stick around a while longer.  There are signs that some people who fled the Sunshine State are trying to return already, even as Tropical Storm Irma continues to blow across north Georgia.  Gov. Nathan Deal said it's still too soon to...

Posted: 10 days ago

Georgia officials who rolled out the welcome mat for their Florida neighbors want them to stick around a while longer.  There are signs that some people who fled the Sunshine State are trying to return already, even as Tropical Storm Irma continues to blow across north Georgia.  Gov. Nathan Deal said it's still too soon to...
MARTA to resume limited service Tuesday while others cancel
 9 p.m. update: MARTA and Gwinnett County Transit announced details of its service that will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday: *MARTA rail service will initially run at approximate 20-minute intervals. Rail operations will continue to scale up to full service by noon. MARTA supervisors will perform system-wide quality scans to check the rail system's...

Posted: 10 days ago

9 p.m. update: MARTA and Gwinnett County Transit announced details of its service that will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday: *MARTA rail service will initially run at approximate 20-minute intervals. Rail operations will continue to scale up to full service by noon. MARTA supervisors will perform system-wide quality scans to check the rail system's...
MARTA cancels Clayton County bus hearing tonight
 Because of inclement weather caused by Tropical Storm Irma, MARTA has canceled a public hearing on proposed changes to its busservice that was scheduled for tonight in Jonesboro. The event will be rescheduled. The agency still plans to hold hearings in DeKalb and Fulton counties this week: *6 p.m. Thursday at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce...

Posted: 10 days ago

Because of inclement weather caused by Tropical Storm Irma, MARTA has canceled a public hearing on proposed changes to its busservice that was scheduled for tonight in Jonesboro. The event will be rescheduled. The agency still plans to hold hearings in DeKalb and Fulton counties this week: *6 p.m. Thursday at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce...