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 DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County
 MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way. The diesel-powered trains could...

Posted: 3 days ago

MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way. The diesel-powered trains could...
Metro Atlanta’s new toll lanes: Lifesaver or abomination?
 The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have been open for more than a month, and state transportation officials want your feedback on how they’re working. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also interested in your thoughts.  The new toll lanes stretch 30 miles along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes are...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have been open for more than a month, and state transportation officials want your feedback on how they’re working. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also interested in your thoughts.  The new toll lanes stretch 30 miles along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes are...
Where Brian Kemp stands on Georgia transportation issues
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...

Posted: 6 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...
DeKalb County’s transit future: Have your say
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities. But county officials hope they’ll keep an open mind about other transit options – like bus rapid transit – if they want to get more service any time soon. Now DeKalb residents...

Posted: 7 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities. But county officials hope they’ll keep an open mind about other transit options – like bus rapid transit – if they want to get more service any time soon. Now DeKalb residents...
Georgia highways reopen after Hurricane Michael
 The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly finished clearing state highways in the wake of Hurricane Michael. On Monday afternoon the agency reported it has cleared 12,000 centerline miles of state routes. All but one – Ga. 45 in Colquitt County – now open to traffic. Ga. 45 is expected to reopen later today. At one point...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly finished clearing state highways in the wake of Hurricane Michael. On Monday afternoon the agency reported it has cleared 12,000 centerline miles of state routes. All but one – Ga. 45 in Colquitt County – now open to traffic. Ga. 45 is expected to reopen later today. At one point...
Where Stacey Abrams stands on Georgia transportation issues
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...

Posted: 7 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...
Drivers should proceed with caution as Hurricane Michael cleanup continues
 State transportation officials say motorists should avoid travel southwest and central Georgia as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Though most state routes are open and passable, fallen trees and other debris are still blocking highways at about 50 locations, and some 150 traffic signals are still dark. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

State transportation officials say motorists should avoid travel southwest and central Georgia as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Though most state routes are open and passable, fallen trees and other debris are still blocking highways at about 50 locations, and some 150 traffic signals are still dark. &ldquo...
Candidates for governor eye Georgia’s transportation needs
 Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers raised nearly $1 billion a year for road and bridge construction. This year, they allowed 13 metro Atlanta counties to raise billions of dollars more for mass transit. The candidates for Georgia governor say more must be done to tackle traffic and improve transportation across the Peach State....

Posted: 11 days ago

Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers raised nearly $1 billion a year for road and bridge construction. This year, they allowed 13 metro Atlanta counties to raise billions of dollars more for mass transit. The candidates for Georgia governor say more must be done to tackle traffic and improve transportation across the Peach State....
Georgia DOT reports progress, but work remains to clear roads in wake of Hurricane Michael
 5:10 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation has made progress on addressing a slew of road problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but plenty of work remains to be done. As of late afternoon, GDOT had inspected and reopened all bridges on state highways and removed debris from many roads. But the department still faced...

Posted: 11 days ago

5:10 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation has made progress on addressing a slew of road problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but plenty of work remains to be done. As of late afternoon, GDOT had inspected and reopened all bridges on state highways and removed debris from many roads. But the department still faced...
Georgia DOT: Stay off the road during Hurricane Michael
 Update: The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel during Hurricane Michael as the storm makes landfall and moves into the Peach State today.  “We urge motorists to pay attention to warnings and advisories to stay off the roads due to the potential for tornadoes, extreme high winds, flash flooding...

Posted: 12 days ago

Update: The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel during Hurricane Michael as the storm makes landfall and moves into the Peach State today.  “We urge motorists to pay attention to warnings and advisories to stay off the roads due to the potential for tornadoes, extreme high winds, flash flooding...
Georgia DOT: Avoid interstates when evacuating for Hurricane Michael
 Georgia transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid congested interstate highways if they’re forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Georgia Department of Transportation says residents of Florida and south Georgia should consider heading west out of the storm’s path, not just north, agency spokeswoman...

Posted: 13 days ago

Georgia transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid congested interstate highways if they’re forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Georgia Department of Transportation says residents of Florida and south Georgia should consider heading west out of the storm’s path, not just north, agency spokeswoman...





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 DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County
 MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way. The diesel-powered trains could...

Posted: 3 days ago

MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way. The diesel-powered trains could...
Metro Atlanta’s new toll lanes: Lifesaver or abomination?
 The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have been open for more than a month, and state transportation officials want your feedback on how they’re working. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also interested in your thoughts.  The new toll lanes stretch 30 miles along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes are...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have been open for more than a month, and state transportation officials want your feedback on how they’re working. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also interested in your thoughts.  The new toll lanes stretch 30 miles along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes are...
Where Brian Kemp stands on Georgia transportation issues
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...

Posted: 6 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...
DeKalb County’s transit future: Have your say
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities. But county officials hope they’ll keep an open mind about other transit options – like bus rapid transit – if they want to get more service any time soon. Now DeKalb residents...

Posted: 7 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities. But county officials hope they’ll keep an open mind about other transit options – like bus rapid transit – if they want to get more service any time soon. Now DeKalb residents...
Georgia highways reopen after Hurricane Michael
 The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly finished clearing state highways in the wake of Hurricane Michael. On Monday afternoon the agency reported it has cleared 12,000 centerline miles of state routes. All but one – Ga. 45 in Colquitt County – now open to traffic. Ga. 45 is expected to reopen later today. At one point...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly finished clearing state highways in the wake of Hurricane Michael. On Monday afternoon the agency reported it has cleared 12,000 centerline miles of state routes. All but one – Ga. 45 in Colquitt County – now open to traffic. Ga. 45 is expected to reopen later today. At one point...
Where Stacey Abrams stands on Georgia transportation issues
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...

Posted: 7 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...
Drivers should proceed with caution as Hurricane Michael cleanup continues
 State transportation officials say motorists should avoid travel southwest and central Georgia as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Though most state routes are open and passable, fallen trees and other debris are still blocking highways at about 50 locations, and some 150 traffic signals are still dark. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

State transportation officials say motorists should avoid travel southwest and central Georgia as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Though most state routes are open and passable, fallen trees and other debris are still blocking highways at about 50 locations, and some 150 traffic signals are still dark. &ldquo...
Candidates for governor eye Georgia’s transportation needs
 Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers raised nearly $1 billion a year for road and bridge construction. This year, they allowed 13 metro Atlanta counties to raise billions of dollars more for mass transit. The candidates for Georgia governor say more must be done to tackle traffic and improve transportation across the Peach State....

Posted: 11 days ago

Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers raised nearly $1 billion a year for road and bridge construction. This year, they allowed 13 metro Atlanta counties to raise billions of dollars more for mass transit. The candidates for Georgia governor say more must be done to tackle traffic and improve transportation across the Peach State....
Georgia DOT reports progress, but work remains to clear roads in wake of Hurricane Michael
 5:10 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation has made progress on addressing a slew of road problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but plenty of work remains to be done. As of late afternoon, GDOT had inspected and reopened all bridges on state highways and removed debris from many roads. But the department still faced...

Posted: 11 days ago

5:10 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation has made progress on addressing a slew of road problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but plenty of work remains to be done. As of late afternoon, GDOT had inspected and reopened all bridges on state highways and removed debris from many roads. But the department still faced...
Georgia DOT: Stay off the road during Hurricane Michael
 Update: The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel during Hurricane Michael as the storm makes landfall and moves into the Peach State today.  “We urge motorists to pay attention to warnings and advisories to stay off the roads due to the potential for tornadoes, extreme high winds, flash flooding...

Posted: 12 days ago

Update: The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel during Hurricane Michael as the storm makes landfall and moves into the Peach State today.  “We urge motorists to pay attention to warnings and advisories to stay off the roads due to the potential for tornadoes, extreme high winds, flash flooding...
Georgia DOT: Avoid interstates when evacuating for Hurricane Michael
 Georgia transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid congested interstate highways if they’re forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Georgia Department of Transportation says residents of Florida and south Georgia should consider heading west out of the storm’s path, not just north, agency spokeswoman...

Posted: 13 days ago

Georgia transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid congested interstate highways if they’re forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Georgia Department of Transportation says residents of Florida and south Georgia should consider heading west out of the storm’s path, not just north, agency spokeswoman...





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 DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County
 MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way. The diesel-powered trains could...

Posted: 3 days ago

MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way. The diesel-powered trains could...
Metro Atlanta’s new toll lanes: Lifesaver or abomination?
 The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have been open for more than a month, and state transportation officials want your feedback on how they’re working. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also interested in your thoughts.  The new toll lanes stretch 30 miles along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes are...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have been open for more than a month, and state transportation officials want your feedback on how they’re working. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also interested in your thoughts.  The new toll lanes stretch 30 miles along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes are...
Where Brian Kemp stands on Georgia transportation issues
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...

Posted: 6 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...
DeKalb County’s transit future: Have your say
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities. But county officials hope they’ll keep an open mind about other transit options – like bus rapid transit – if they want to get more service any time soon. Now DeKalb residents...

Posted: 7 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported, some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities. But county officials hope they’ll keep an open mind about other transit options – like bus rapid transit – if they want to get more service any time soon. Now DeKalb residents...
Georgia highways reopen after Hurricane Michael
 The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly finished clearing state highways in the wake of Hurricane Michael. On Monday afternoon the agency reported it has cleared 12,000 centerline miles of state routes. All but one – Ga. 45 in Colquitt County – now open to traffic. Ga. 45 is expected to reopen later today. At one point...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly finished clearing state highways in the wake of Hurricane Michael. On Monday afternoon the agency reported it has cleared 12,000 centerline miles of state routes. All but one – Ga. 45 in Colquitt County – now open to traffic. Ga. 45 is expected to reopen later today. At one point...
Where Stacey Abrams stands on Georgia transportation issues
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...

Posted: 7 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia’s next governor will have some big transportation decisions to make – decisions that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Georgia residents.  The candidates – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – say more must be...
Drivers should proceed with caution as Hurricane Michael cleanup continues
 State transportation officials say motorists should avoid travel southwest and central Georgia as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Though most state routes are open and passable, fallen trees and other debris are still blocking highways at about 50 locations, and some 150 traffic signals are still dark. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

State transportation officials say motorists should avoid travel southwest and central Georgia as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Though most state routes are open and passable, fallen trees and other debris are still blocking highways at about 50 locations, and some 150 traffic signals are still dark. &ldquo...
Candidates for governor eye Georgia’s transportation needs
 Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers raised nearly $1 billion a year for road and bridge construction. This year, they allowed 13 metro Atlanta counties to raise billions of dollars more for mass transit. The candidates for Georgia governor say more must be done to tackle traffic and improve transportation across the Peach State....

Posted: 11 days ago

Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers raised nearly $1 billion a year for road and bridge construction. This year, they allowed 13 metro Atlanta counties to raise billions of dollars more for mass transit. The candidates for Georgia governor say more must be done to tackle traffic and improve transportation across the Peach State....
Georgia DOT reports progress, but work remains to clear roads in wake of Hurricane Michael
 5:10 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation has made progress on addressing a slew of road problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but plenty of work remains to be done. As of late afternoon, GDOT had inspected and reopened all bridges on state highways and removed debris from many roads. But the department still faced...

Posted: 11 days ago

5:10 p.m. update: The Georgia Department of Transportation has made progress on addressing a slew of road problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, but plenty of work remains to be done. As of late afternoon, GDOT had inspected and reopened all bridges on state highways and removed debris from many roads. But the department still faced...
Georgia DOT: Stay off the road during Hurricane Michael
 Update: The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel during Hurricane Michael as the storm makes landfall and moves into the Peach State today.  “We urge motorists to pay attention to warnings and advisories to stay off the roads due to the potential for tornadoes, extreme high winds, flash flooding...

Posted: 12 days ago

Update: The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel during Hurricane Michael as the storm makes landfall and moves into the Peach State today.  “We urge motorists to pay attention to warnings and advisories to stay off the roads due to the potential for tornadoes, extreme high winds, flash flooding...
Georgia DOT: Avoid interstates when evacuating for Hurricane Michael
 Georgia transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid congested interstate highways if they’re forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Georgia Department of Transportation says residents of Florida and south Georgia should consider heading west out of the storm’s path, not just north, agency spokeswoman...

Posted: 13 days ago

Georgia transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid congested interstate highways if they’re forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael. The Georgia Department of Transportation says residents of Florida and south Georgia should consider heading west out of the storm’s path, not just north, agency spokeswoman...