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

MARTA to keep $1 fare on the Atlanta Streetcar, beef up security
 MARTA will keep the $1 fare to ride the Atlanta Streetcar when it takes over the troubled downtown transit line July 1. MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham told the agency’s Board of Director’s Friday the fare is needed to allow officers to enforce a “no loitering” rule and to ensure patrons feel safe aboard the streetcar...

Posted: a day ago

MARTA will keep the $1 fare to ride the Atlanta Streetcar when it takes over the troubled downtown transit line July 1. MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham told the agency’s Board of Director’s Friday the fare is needed to allow officers to enforce a “no loitering” rule and to ensure patrons feel safe aboard the streetcar...
Police ready to enforce Georgia’s new distracted driving law
 If you want a hair-raising glimpse of the crazy things we do while driving, talk to a cop. They’ve seen us reading books and newspapers while speeding down the highway. They’ve seen us putting on make-up or eating off plates in our laps behind the wheel. Mostly, they’ve see us with our hands and eyes glued to our phones...

Posted: 2 days ago

If you want a hair-raising glimpse of the crazy things we do while driving, talk to a cop. They’ve seen us reading books and newspapers while speeding down the highway. They’ve seen us putting on make-up or eating off plates in our laps behind the wheel. Mostly, they’ve see us with our hands and eyes glued to our phones...
Georgia to spend $100 million on Ga. 400 transit line
 Georgia officials Tuesday announced a major down payment on a transit expansion along Ga. 400 in north Fulton County. The state will spend $100 million over the next several years to build four new interchanges for commuter buses along a 16-mile stretch of the busy highway between I-285 and McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta. Many of the details...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia officials Tuesday announced a major down payment on a transit expansion along Ga. 400 in north Fulton County. The state will spend $100 million over the next several years to build four new interchanges for commuter buses along a 16-mile stretch of the busy highway between I-285 and McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta. Many of the details...
LOCAL UPDATE: State to spend $100M on new bus rapid transit system on Ga. 400 
 Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will spend $100 million in bonds to build a series of four new bus-only interchanges along a 16-mile stretch of Ga. 400, hailing it as a “groundbreaking” state investment in mass transit. The sum is included in the governor’s 2019 budget - Deal cited a need to keep up with a “21st Century...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said the state will spend $100 million in bonds to build a series of four new bus-only interchanges along a 16-mile stretch of Ga. 400, hailing it as a “groundbreaking” state investment in mass transit. The sum is included in the governor’s 2019 budget - Deal cited a need to keep up with a “21st Century...
Georgia's distracted driving law: Got questions? We'll have answers
 Beginning July 1, Georgia motorists will have to put down their phones while they’re driving, thanks to the new Hands-Free Georgia Act signed by Gov. Nathan Deal. The law prohibits motorists from holding their phone while driving. You can still talk and even text while you’re driving – as long as you’re using hands-free...

Posted: 8 days ago

Beginning July 1, Georgia motorists will have to put down their phones while they’re driving, thanks to the new Hands-Free Georgia Act signed by Gov. Nathan Deal. The law prohibits motorists from holding their phone while driving. You can still talk and even text while you’re driving – as long as you’re using hands-free...
Tell us: What do you think of Georgia’s distracted driving law?
 Georgia motorists, prepare to put down your phones. Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which prohibits motorists from holding their phones while driving. You can still talk, listen to music and even text – as long as you’re using hands-free technology. You can find a detailed explanation of what&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia motorists, prepare to put down your phones. Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which prohibits motorists from holding their phones while driving. You can still talk, listen to music and even text – as long as you’re using hands-free technology. You can find a detailed explanation of what&rsquo...
Cobb County faces long to-do list for transit expansion
 As Cobb County prepares for a possible transit expansion vote next year, it faces a long to-do list. It must complete a transit study and settle on a list of specific projects by the end of the year. It must get approval of that project list from a new regional board in early 2019. It must decide whether to call a countywide vote or limit...

Posted: 10 days ago

As Cobb County prepares for a possible transit expansion vote next year, it faces a long to-do list. It must complete a transit study and settle on a list of specific projects by the end of the year. It must get approval of that project list from a new regional board in early 2019. It must decide whether to call a countywide vote or limit...
Georgia distracted driving law: You can still listen to music on your phone
 Let’s face it, driving in Atlanta is a soul-sucking bummer. Many of us couldn’t bear it without music to sooth our inner commuting beast. So there’s good news about Georgia’s new distracted driving law: You can still listen to tunes while you drive. But there are some restrictions.  The Hands-Free Georgia Act...

Posted: 11 days ago

Let’s face it, driving in Atlanta is a soul-sucking bummer. Many of us couldn’t bear it without music to sooth our inner commuting beast. So there’s good news about Georgia’s new distracted driving law: You can still listen to tunes while you drive. But there are some restrictions.  The Hands-Free Georgia Act...
There’s no grace period for Georgia’s distracted driving law
 No, there isn’t a 90-day grace period for enforcement of Georgia’s new distracted driving law.  That’s the word from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the agency charged with educating the public about the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which takes effect July 1.  The act (also known as House...

Posted: 12 days ago

No, there isn’t a 90-day grace period for enforcement of Georgia’s new distracted driving law.  That’s the word from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the agency charged with educating the public about the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which takes effect July 1.  The act (also known as House...
Why are fewer people using transit? A closer look
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, fewer and fewer people are using MARTA and other local transit services. MARTA ridership fell 2.6 percent last year despite the collapse of the I-85 bridge and is down 22 percent since 2008. In fact, transit ridership is falling across the region and nationwide. Experts say many factors...

Posted: 13 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, fewer and fewer people are using MARTA and other local transit services. MARTA ridership fell 2.6 percent last year despite the collapse of the I-85 bridge and is down 22 percent since 2008. In fact, transit ridership is falling across the region and nationwide. Experts say many factors...
Feds investigating death of MARTA contractor
 The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the death of a contractor on a MARTA rail line earlier this week. On Sunday night Robert Smith of Griffin, 38, was working on a rail line near Medical Center Station when he was struck by a northbound train. Smith, an employee of Cleveland Electric Co., was in his work vehicle...

Posted: 15 days ago

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the death of a contractor on a MARTA rail line earlier this week. On Sunday night Robert Smith of Griffin, 38, was working on a rail line near Medical Center Station when he was struck by a northbound train. Smith, an employee of Cleveland Electric Co., was in his work vehicle...