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

Does Georgia need another interstate highway?
 A push for another interstate highway across Georgia gained initial support in the General Assembly this week.  The Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday passed Senate Resolution 44, which supports the creation of Interstate 14 across middle Georgia and urges the state’s Congressional delegation to do likewise.  I-14...

Posted: a day ago

A push for another interstate highway across Georgia gained initial support in the General Assembly this week.  The Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday passed Senate Resolution 44, which supports the creation of Interstate 14 across middle Georgia and urges the state’s Congressional delegation to do likewise.  I-14...
MARTA Board approves new union contract
 The MARTA Board of Directors Thursday approved a new labor agreement that will give workers 3 percent raises for the next three years. The agreement also gives a 25-cents-an-hour longevity premium to all employees with 20 or more years of service. And it gives an immediate “parity pay adjustment” of 50 cents an hour to all bus...

Posted: 2 days ago

The MARTA Board of Directors Thursday approved a new labor agreement that will give workers 3 percent raises for the next three years. The agreement also gives a 25-cents-an-hour longevity premium to all employees with 20 or more years of service. And it gives an immediate “parity pay adjustment” of 50 cents an hour to all bus...
Georgia transit agency’s six-figure boardroom draws scrutiny
 Georgia’s new transit agency spent nearly $200,000 on a boardroom for its meetings — an expenditure that has come under scrutiny by state lawmakers. The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority — the ATL Board for short — says it needed a bigger room to accommodate overflow crowds that have attended its first two...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia’s new transit agency spent nearly $200,000 on a boardroom for its meetings — an expenditure that has come under scrutiny by state lawmakers. The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority — the ATL Board for short — says it needed a bigger room to accommodate overflow crowds that have attended its first two...
Should teen drivers use electronic devices? Georgia bill says ‘no’
 Most Georgia teenagers would be prohibited from using a cellphone while driving under a bill that cleared a state House committee Tuesday. House Bill 113 would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. If it becomes law, it would restore a prohibition that expired last summer with the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Most Georgia teenagers would be prohibited from using a cellphone while driving under a bill that cleared a state House committee Tuesday. House Bill 113 would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. If it becomes law, it would restore a prohibition that expired last summer with the...
Community groups press MARTA to improve service
 Fresh from MARTA’s good performance during the recent Super Bowl, a group of transit supporters is pressing the agency to improve service for all its customers year-round. A coalition of community groups staged a “transit equity” rally at Five Points station Monday morning, calling on MARTA to provide good service to all...

Posted: 5 days ago

Fresh from MARTA’s good performance during the recent Super Bowl, a group of transit supporters is pressing the agency to improve service for all its customers year-round. A coalition of community groups staged a “transit equity” rally at Five Points station Monday morning, calling on MARTA to provide good service to all...
What happens if Gwinnett County’s MARTA referendum fails?
 A new poll has given supporters of next month’s Gwinnett County MARTA referendum something to fret about, and that was evident at a public forum Sunday afternoon.  The Rosetta Stone Communications poll conducted for Channel 2 Action News found 48 percent of regular Gwinnett voters opposed the county’s tentative contract...

Posted: 5 days ago

A new poll has given supporters of next month’s Gwinnett County MARTA referendum something to fret about, and that was evident at a public forum Sunday afternoon.  The Rosetta Stone Communications poll conducted for Channel 2 Action News found 48 percent of regular Gwinnett voters opposed the county’s tentative contract...
MARTA bus driver ‘sickout’ appears to be over
 The labor unrest that disrupted MARTA bus routes for more than a week appears to be over. The number of bus drivers calling in sick has returned to normal the past two days after peaking at more than 100 a day at times over the previous week. The sickout appears to have been a way for some workers to express their displeasure at a tentative...

Posted: 10 days ago

The labor unrest that disrupted MARTA bus routes for more than a week appears to be over. The number of bus drivers calling in sick has returned to normal the past two days after peaking at more than 100 a day at times over the previous week. The sickout appears to have been a way for some workers to express their displeasure at a tentative...
Expert: Georgia cell phone law lowered traffic fatalities
 An insurance expert told state lawmakers Wednesday that Georgia traffic fatalities, injuries and collision claims have fallen, thanks in part to the state’s new distracted driving law.  Traffic fatalities fell 3.4 percent I 2018 over the previous year, according to Robert Hartwig, director of the Center for Risk and Uncertainty...

Posted: 10 days ago

An insurance expert told state lawmakers Wednesday that Georgia traffic fatalities, injuries and collision claims have fallen, thanks in part to the state’s new distracted driving law.  Traffic fatalities fell 3.4 percent I 2018 over the previous year, according to Robert Hartwig, director of the Center for Risk and Uncertainty...
MARTA was ready for its Super Bowl close-up
 Sunday night after the Super Bowl, MARTA’s Five Points station was packed and getting fuller. Several hundred people lined the northbound platform, waiting for a train to whisk them home or to their hotels. Dozens more were streaming down the escalator. Then the train arrived. And though it was standing room-only for many who boarded...

Posted: 12 days ago

Sunday night after the Super Bowl, MARTA’s Five Points station was packed and getting fuller. Several hundred people lined the northbound platform, waiting for a train to whisk them home or to their hotels. Dozens more were streaming down the escalator. Then the train arrived. And though it was standing room-only for many who boarded...
UPDATE: Union approves new MARTA contract, but bus driver sickout continues
 MARTA’s unionized workers approved a new contract Saturday following a week of labor unrest that disrupted scores of bus routes. MARTA confirmed the vote by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 in a statement released Sunday.  It said 88 percent of union voters approved the new contract. Nonetheless, bus drivers continued...

Posted: 13 days ago

MARTA’s unionized workers approved a new contract Saturday following a week of labor unrest that disrupted scores of bus routes. MARTA confirmed the vote by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 in a statement released Sunday.  It said 88 percent of union voters approved the new contract. Nonetheless, bus drivers continued...
Thousands pack MARTA trains and parking lots for Super Bowl events
 MARTA trains and parking lots were packed Saturday as tens of thousands of football and music fans converged on Atlanta for Super Bowl festivities. For the most part, the agency kept trains and passengers moving, though Gold Line rail service was suspended for about 50 minutes Saturday evening because of fires near MARTA tracks. Spokeswoman...

Posted: 13 days ago

MARTA trains and parking lots were packed Saturday as tens of thousands of football and music fans converged on Atlanta for Super Bowl festivities. For the most part, the agency kept trains and passengers moving, though Gold Line rail service was suspended for about 50 minutes Saturday evening because of fires near MARTA tracks. Spokeswoman...