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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.

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Fulton County transit vote may not be possible in November
 Time is running out, but Fulton County has not ruled out the possibility of holding a transit referendum in November. County commissioners and Fulton’s mayors met Monday to discuss a timeline for asking voters to approve a new sales tax to pay for bus rapid transit lines on Ga. 400 and South Fulton Parkway, as well as other transit...

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Time is running out, but Fulton County has not ruled out the possibility of holding a transit referendum in November. County commissioners and Fulton’s mayors met Monday to discuss a timeline for asking voters to approve a new sales tax to pay for bus rapid transit lines on Ga. 400 and South Fulton Parkway, as well as other transit...
Secret Ga. State Transportation Board meetings excluded own members
 The State Transportation Board held two meetings in recent weeks without notifying the public or even all of its own members. Some board members held a telephone conference on March 23 and met on Tuesday of this week to talk over a personnel matter. But several members complained they were not notified and learned of the discussions after...

Posted: 3 days ago

The State Transportation Board held two meetings in recent weeks without notifying the public or even all of its own members. Some board members held a telephone conference on March 23 and met on Tuesday of this week to talk over a personnel matter. But several members complained they were not notified and learned of the discussions after...
Union cancels MARTA paratransit strike set for today
 MARTA paratransit workers have called off a one-day strike scheduled for today, citing progress in contract negotiations. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 had planned to stage a walkout to protest what it said are unsafe buses and dangerous working conditions. The strike would have affected MARTA’s paratransit service for seniors...

Posted: 5 days ago

MARTA paratransit workers have called off a one-day strike scheduled for today, citing progress in contract negotiations. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 had planned to stage a walkout to protest what it said are unsafe buses and dangerous working conditions. The strike would have affected MARTA’s paratransit service for seniors...
On St. Simons Island, brake for road work ... and turtles
 If you happen to be driving on St. Simons Island over the next two weeks, watch out for a lane closure caused by … turtles.  Beginning Wednesday, the eastbound lane of Ga. 25 Spur East/Torras Causeway in Glynn County will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays while work crews clear debris from turtle holes in the median...

Posted: 5 days ago

If you happen to be driving on St. Simons Island over the next two weeks, watch out for a lane closure caused by … turtles.  Beginning Wednesday, the eastbound lane of Ga. 25 Spur East/Torras Causeway in Glynn County will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays while work crews clear debris from turtle holes in the median...
Georgia DOT may move HERO units stored under I-85 in light of bridge collapse
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday, federal investigators have found that the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly responsible for the fire that destroyed a section of I-85 in Atlanta last spring.  The fire was allegedly started by a homeless man but spread quickly to construction material GDOT had stored...

Posted: 11 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday, federal investigators have found that the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly responsible for the fire that destroyed a section of I-85 in Atlanta last spring.  The fire was allegedly started by a homeless man but spread quickly to construction material GDOT had stored...
Feds: Georgia DOT partly responsible for I-85 bridge collapse
 Federal investigators have concluded the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly to blame for the fire that destroyed part of I-85 in Atlanta and crippled the region’s traffic for weeks. Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report that found the department’s decision to stockpile construction...

Posted: 12 days ago

Federal investigators have concluded the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly to blame for the fire that destroyed part of I-85 in Atlanta and crippled the region’s traffic for weeks. Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report that found the department’s decision to stockpile construction...
The cost to drive in metro Atlanta: $11,578 a year
 The same folks who told you Atlanta has some of the world’s worst traffic have some more bad news. A new study by the transportation firm INRIX Inc. shows metro Atlanta motorists pay some of the nation’s highest driving costs. That includes direct costs like parking fees and car ownership (purchase or leasing costs, insurance...

Posted: 12 days ago

The same folks who told you Atlanta has some of the world’s worst traffic have some more bad news. A new study by the transportation firm INRIX Inc. shows metro Atlanta motorists pay some of the nation’s highest driving costs. That includes direct costs like parking fees and car ownership (purchase or leasing costs, insurance...
Bill could pave the way for MARTA expansion into Atlanta suburbs
 For decades Atlanta’s suburbs have said “no” to MARTA. But legislation that passed the General Assembly before the stroke of midnight Thursday would give voters in Cobb, Gwinnett and north Fulton counties another chance to say “yes” to an agency they have long resisted. Gwinnett County would be able to hold...

Posted: 23 days ago

For decades Atlanta’s suburbs have said “no” to MARTA. But legislation that passed the General Assembly before the stroke of midnight Thursday would give voters in Cobb, Gwinnett and north Fulton counties another chance to say “yes” to an agency they have long resisted. Gwinnett County would be able to hold...
Georgia transit bill could pave the way for Cobb County MARTA vote
 Legislation approved by the General Assembly late Thursday could pave the way for a MARTA expansion in Cobb County by 2019. House Bill 930 would allow 13 metro Atlanta counties to impose transit sales taxes. But it includes special provisions for Cobb that would allow a portion of the county to pay for a MARTA expansion without obligating...

Posted: 24 days ago

Legislation approved by the General Assembly late Thursday could pave the way for a MARTA expansion in Cobb County by 2019. House Bill 930 would allow 13 metro Atlanta counties to impose transit sales taxes. But it includes special provisions for Cobb that would allow a portion of the county to pay for a MARTA expansion without obligating...
Georgia just passed distracted driving bill: What’s legal, what’s not?
 The Georgia General Assembly late Thursday approved House Bill 673, which would require drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. But “hands free” isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. Here’s a look at what would and would not be allowed, assuming it is...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Georgia General Assembly late Thursday approved House Bill 673, which would require drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. But “hands free” isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. Here’s a look at what would and would not be allowed, assuming it is...
Georgia Legislature: General Assembly approves transit expansion bill
 11:49 p.m. update: A bill that could pave the way for a dramatic expansion of mass transit in metro Atlanta has passed the General Assembly. The Senate approved House Bill 930 by a vote of 48-6. The House approved the measure by a vote of 155-19. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, who had endorsed the measure. 11:10 p...

Posted: 24 days ago

11:49 p.m. update: A bill that could pave the way for a dramatic expansion of mass transit in metro Atlanta has passed the General Assembly. The Senate approved House Bill 930 by a vote of 48-6. The House approved the measure by a vote of 155-19. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, who had endorsed the measure. 11:10 p...