David Wickert

Transportation reporter

David Wickert has been a reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010. He writes about transportation issues and previously covered local government and politics in Gwinnett and Fulton counties. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, he worked at newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee. He lives near Lilburn with his wife Shelly and their two children.

Latest from David Wickert

New board to oversee transit expansion across metro Atlanta
 State lawmakers have given the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority – “the ATL” for short – major powers over transit funding and planning in 13 metro counties. It will draft a regional transit plan, funnel billions of dollars to favored projects and bump others down the list of regional priorities. Critics say the...

Posted: 15 hours ago

State lawmakers have given the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority – “the ATL” for short – major powers over transit funding and planning in 13 metro counties. It will draft a regional transit plan, funnel billions of dollars to favored projects and bump others down the list of regional priorities. Critics say the...
New leadership for MARTA Board in era of expansion
 The MARTA Board of Directors Thursday elected new leadership as the agency prepares for a new era of possible expansion. Chairman Robbie Ashe stepped aside after five years of leading the board. The board elected Freda B. Hardage, who represents north Fulton County, to be the new chair.  William F. Floyd will serve as vice chairman,...

Posted: 7 days ago

The MARTA Board of Directors Thursday elected new leadership as the agency prepares for a new era of possible expansion. Chairman Robbie Ashe stepped aside after five years of leading the board. The board elected Freda B. Hardage, who represents north Fulton County, to be the new chair.  William F. Floyd will serve as vice chairman,...
Feds award $24.8 million for Ga. 316 interchange
 The federal government has awarded Georgia $24.8 million for a new Ga. 316 interchange in Barrow County. The money will help pay for an interchange at Ga. 11 – an estimated 10,000 cars a day pass through the intersection. The state will build a bridge to allow Ga. 316 traffic to continue over Ga. 11.  The work on Ga. 11 will extend...

Posted: 8 days ago

The federal government has awarded Georgia $24.8 million for a new Ga. 316 interchange in Barrow County. The money will help pay for an interchange at Ga. 11 – an estimated 10,000 cars a day pass through the intersection. The state will build a bridge to allow Ga. 316 traffic to continue over Ga. 11.  The work on Ga. 11 will extend...
MARTA approves plans for Clayton County commuter train
 The MARTA Board of Directors Thursday approved plans for a Clayton County passenger rail line that supporters hope will transform commuting on the south side of metro Atlanta. The line would stretch 22-miles from MARTA’s East Point Station to Lovejoy, via Jonesboro. If all goes well, construction could get under way in 2023, with service...

Posted: 8 days ago

The MARTA Board of Directors Thursday approved plans for a Clayton County passenger rail line that supporters hope will transform commuting on the south side of metro Atlanta. The line would stretch 22-miles from MARTA’s East Point Station to Lovejoy, via Jonesboro. If all goes well, construction could get under way in 2023, with service...
MARTA CEO: Super Bowl preparations on track
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, MARTA is beefing up staffing and making other preparations for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl. Among other things, it plans to deploy extra police and “transit ambassadors” to assist passengers during the big game and related events. Those plans got an early test during Saturday’s...

Posted: 8 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, MARTA is beefing up staffing and making other preparations for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl. Among other things, it plans to deploy extra police and “transit ambassadors” to assist passengers during the big game and related events. Those plans got an early test during Saturday’s...
Uber disputes Georgia tax bill, and the stakes are high
 Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars as a tax dispute with the state heads to court. The Georgia Department of Revenue has billed Uber $22.1 million for sales taxes and other charges it says the company owes. Though ride-hailing services do not pay sales taxes in Georgia, the department...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars as a tax dispute with the state heads to court. The Georgia Department of Revenue has billed Uber $22.1 million for sales taxes and other charges it says the company owes. Though ride-hailing services do not pay sales taxes in Georgia, the department...
Construction will disrupt Atlanta Streetcar service beginning Thursday
 Construction will cause intermittent delays on the Atlanta Streetcar beginning Thursday. A helicopter delivering construction materials to the roof of the Equitable Building at 100 Peachtree Street downtown will affect streetcar service because the streetcar cannot proceed while the helicopter is overhead. MARTA, which operates the streetcar...

Posted: 9 days ago

Construction will cause intermittent delays on the Atlanta Streetcar beginning Thursday. A helicopter delivering construction materials to the roof of the Equitable Building at 100 Peachtree Street downtown will affect streetcar service because the streetcar cannot proceed while the helicopter is overhead. MARTA, which operates the streetcar...
A first look at MARTA’s Super Bowl Breeze card
 MARTA has been plenty busy preparing for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in Atlanta.  Among other things, the agency will deploy more police officers, use “transit ambassadors” to assist passengers and run its trains more frequently as the big game approaches. MARTA gave the plan an early test during Saturday’s...

Posted: 10 days ago

MARTA has been plenty busy preparing for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in Atlanta.  Among other things, the agency will deploy more police officers, use “transit ambassadors” to assist passengers and run its trains more frequently as the big game approaches. MARTA gave the plan an early test during Saturday’s...
MARTA passes SEC Championship test, but Super Bowl still to come
 Fresh from a heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, thousands of Georgia Bulldogs fans departed Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday night, ready to board MARTA trains for a somber trip home. The transit agency did not add insult to injury. Unlike January’s national championship game between the same two teams, there...

Posted: 12 days ago

Fresh from a heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, thousands of Georgia Bulldogs fans departed Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday night, ready to board MARTA trains for a somber trip home. The transit agency did not add insult to injury. Unlike January’s national championship game between the same two teams, there...
Quick tips: Riding MARTA to the SEC title game
 MARTA will beef up staffing and security for the SEC Championship as it continues to prepare for the larger national spotlight of the upcoming Super Bowl. Here’s a look at how MARTA plans to make things easier for fans attending the SEC Championship game:   Trains will run every 10 minutes between the Lindbergh and Airport...

Posted: 14 days ago

MARTA will beef up staffing and security for the SEC Championship as it continues to prepare for the larger national spotlight of the upcoming Super Bowl. Here’s a look at how MARTA plans to make things easier for fans attending the SEC Championship game:   Trains will run every 10 minutes between the Lindbergh and Airport...
MARTA preps for SEC Championship — and the Super Bowl
 MARTA will beef up staffing and security for the SEC Championship as it continues to prepare for the larger national spotlight of the upcoming Super Bowl. Saturday’s game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will serve as a test for MARTA, which made changes after the debacle that followed...

Posted: 14 days ago

MARTA will beef up staffing and security for the SEC Championship as it continues to prepare for the larger national spotlight of the upcoming Super Bowl. Saturday’s game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will serve as a test for MARTA, which made changes after the debacle that followed...