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

Move could raise cost of I-85 toll lanes beginning next week
 State transportation officials have eliminated toll limits on Georgia express lanes – a move that could raise the cost to use the I-85 lanes beginning next week. Earlier this month, the State Road and Tollway Authority repealed restrictions on toll charges, previously set at a maximum of $13.95 to drive the I-85 lanes in DeKalb...

Posted: 3 days ago

State transportation officials have eliminated toll limits on Georgia express lanes – a move that could raise the cost to use the I-85 lanes beginning next week. Earlier this month, the State Road and Tollway Authority repealed restrictions on toll charges, previously set at a maximum of $13.95 to drive the I-85 lanes in DeKalb...
MARTA delays final decision on Atlanta expansion
 MARTA will postpone a decision about the final project list for its planned Atlanta expansion, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The MARTA Board of Directors was scheduled to vote on a final list at its Sept. 6 meeting. But Assistant General Manager Ben Limmer told the AJC Thursday the vote would be delayed until October to give...

Posted: 3 days ago

MARTA will postpone a decision about the final project list for its planned Atlanta expansion, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The MARTA Board of Directors was scheduled to vote on a final list at its Sept. 6 meeting. But Assistant General Manager Ben Limmer told the AJC Thursday the vote would be delayed until October to give...
Construction on Atlanta’s Courtland Street Bridge reaches milestone
 Construction on the Courtland Street Bridge in downtown Atlanta has reached a key milestone ahead of schedule. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the last 21 beams have been placed on three spans over Decatur Street. The agency posted new time-lapse photographs of the construction on its web site Wednesday.  Construction...

Posted: 4 days ago

Construction on the Courtland Street Bridge in downtown Atlanta has reached a key milestone ahead of schedule. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the last 21 beams have been placed on three spans over Decatur Street. The agency posted new time-lapse photographs of the construction on its web site Wednesday.  Construction...
Survey: Many parents set bad example for teen drivers
As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, Georgia’s new distracted driving law allows teenagers to use their phones while driving – if they’re using hands-free technology. It’s a change from the old law, which prohibited teens from using electronic devices at all while driving. Safety advocates hope parents...

Posted: 8 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, Georgia’s new distracted driving law allows teenagers to use their phones while driving – if they’re using hands-free technology. It’s a change from the old law, which prohibited teens from using electronic devices at all while driving. Safety advocates hope parents...
State sets toll policy for all Georgia express lanes
 Georgia officials have formalized a toll policy as they prepare to open 40 miles of new express lanes this year.  The State Road and Tollway Authority, which operates the lanes, recently set a minimum toll of 10 cents a mile on all Georgia express lanes. That’s in keeping with what’s already happening on the existing...

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia officials have formalized a toll policy as they prepare to open 40 miles of new express lanes this year.  The State Road and Tollway Authority, which operates the lanes, recently set a minimum toll of 10 cents a mile on all Georgia express lanes. That’s in keeping with what’s already happening on the existing...
Douglas County debate shows metro Atlanta transit remains a divisive issue
 This week Douglas County joined the growing ranks of metro Atlanta communities hoping to expand mass transit, and it wasn’t a pretty scene. At the Tuesday county commission meeting, the room was divided, with transit supporters in white shirts and opponents in red. Commissioners bickered about the merits of a plan to launch local bus...

Posted: 10 days ago

This week Douglas County joined the growing ranks of metro Atlanta communities hoping to expand mass transit, and it wasn’t a pretty scene. At the Tuesday county commission meeting, the room was divided, with transit supporters in white shirts and opponents in red. Commissioners bickered about the merits of a plan to launch local bus...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Wall collapse exposed larger problem on I-75 lanes
 The recent collapse of a wall along an unfinished stretch of I-75 has prompted more extensive repairs and could delay the opening of 30 miles of toll lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties, documents exclusively obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show. An engineer’s report shows design and installation problems likely led...

Posted: 13 days ago

The recent collapse of a wall along an unfinished stretch of I-75 has prompted more extensive repairs and could delay the opening of 30 miles of toll lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties, documents exclusively obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show. An engineer’s report shows design and installation problems likely led...
MARTA’s Atlanta expansion: More demands for service than money
 MARTA is close to finalizing an Atlanta transit expansion plan that will influence where people, jobs and prosperity flow in the economic capital of the South for generations. But with city residents demanding far more rail and bus improvements than the agency has money to pay for, the final plan is bound to leave many people unhappy...

Posted: 16 days ago

MARTA is close to finalizing an Atlanta transit expansion plan that will influence where people, jobs and prosperity flow in the economic capital of the South for generations. But with city residents demanding far more rail and bus improvements than the agency has money to pay for, the final plan is bound to leave many people unhappy...
MARTA Board delays action on Gwinnett transit contract
 The MARTA Board of Directors on Thursday postponed action on a deal that could allow the agency to expand into Gwinnett County, for decades a hotbed of resistance to transit. The contract would allow MARTA to assume control of Gwinnett’s existing bus service, to extend rail service along I-85 and to operate transit in the county through...

Posted: 17 days ago

The MARTA Board of Directors on Thursday postponed action on a deal that could allow the agency to expand into Gwinnett County, for decades a hotbed of resistance to transit. The contract would allow MARTA to assume control of Gwinnett’s existing bus service, to extend rail service along I-85 and to operate transit in the county through...
Dems accuse Gwinnett of playing politics with MARTA referendum delay
 Gwinnett County’s Board of Commissioners held one historic vote early Wednesday morning, approving a contract with MARTA. And then, with a second vote, the commission delayed a public referendum on the issue — a surprise move that raised questions about the future of a transit vote and about the deeper motivations of...

Posted: 18 days ago

Gwinnett County’s Board of Commissioners held one historic vote early Wednesday morning, approving a contract with MARTA. And then, with a second vote, the commission delayed a public referendum on the issue — a surprise move that raised questions about the future of a transit vote and about the deeper motivations of...
MARTA’s Atlanta expansion: Have your say
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, MARTA is seeking public input to as finalizes plans to spend the $2.5 billion expected to be raised by a half-penny transit sales tax approved by Atlanta voters in 2016.  The proposed project list includes big-ticket items like the Clifton Corridor light rail line to the Emory...

Posted: 20 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, MARTA is seeking public input to as finalizes plans to spend the $2.5 billion expected to be raised by a half-penny transit sales tax approved by Atlanta voters in 2016.  The proposed project list includes big-ticket items like the Clifton Corridor light rail line to the Emory...