After 25 years at 11Alive, Jerry Carnes is excited to take on the challenge of serving you as Commuter Dude. Just like you, he fights Atlanta traffic, gets frustrated over mistimed lights, and cringes when he careens into a pothole.
Metro Atlanta traffic is notorious, from Villa Rica to Vinings, from Cumming to Conyers, from Newnan to Norcross. You need a voice to make sure our public officials hear your frustrations. Jerry Carnes wants to be that voice!
Here's more information about Jerry:
"I have loved my years in Georgia. I was born at Emory Hospital, married an Atlanta native, bleed Bulldog red and black, and feel pretty sure that I've visited just about every nook and cranny of this big busy city. 11Alive is in my blood. I interned at the station the summer of my junior year at UGA. I was 21-years-old. That's how long 11Alive has been a part of my life.
When the Commuter Dude job opened up, I was immediately interested. I know the importance of your commute to work and back home. I know how important it is as a reporter not just to report news, but to push for change. I feel and hope that I can make a difference, entertain you, and give you a friend to help you through your travels."
-- Jerry Carnes
A N.W. Atlanta father just wants to push his child in her stroller down Lenox Road, but a damaged sidewalk makes that a challenging and somewhat hazardous situation.
Commuters who try to get home using Lake Hearn Drive in Sandy Springs often find themselves sitting through one green light after another.
Eleven years after losing their son to a Thanksgiving holiday road accident, Steve and Susan Owings are still fighting for regulations that would slow big rigs.
Commuters are still sounding off about an unpopular four way stop in Sandy Springs, and 11Alive is committed to letting the city know how you feel.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials expect an increase in traffic on Ga. 400 now that the tolls are gone.
Commuters who travel Georgia 400 are preparing for the free ride they'll get beginning after the evening rush hour on Friday.
Atlanta Public Works crews were on Bohler Court to repair a massive pothole just days after a city taxpayer contacted Commuter Dude.
Where does the change collected at the Georgia 400 toll plaza go to?
Just days from the end of the Georgia 400 tolls, toll takers are sharing stories of wild and even salacious behavior performed by drivers passing through the toll plaza.
For close to a year, drivers along Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs have complained about a four-way stop that can create a quarter mile backup.
For years, commuters have grown frustrated as they've watched more apartments and more drivers flock to Huff Road, while the street itself has remained the same.
Approximately $29 million dollars in surplus toll money will go toward various improvement projects on Georgia 400.
Feldwood Road in south Fulton County is safe again after a tip to Commuter Dude.
On two occasions, Commuter Dude saw tree trimming crews hired by the DOT working along Interstate 75 near Moores Mill Road just after 8 a.m.
After seeing an 11Alive report on an unresolved safety issue on Feldwood Road, Fulton County's Commission Chairman vowed to have the problem fixed as soon as possible.
A safety concern on a south Fulton County street got the attention of 11Alive's Commuter Dude, but county officials claim budget constraints will keep them from addressing the issue until 2014.
Gwinnett voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to extend the SPLOST, but they'll do it without a list of specific transportation projects to consider.
The DOT has raised the speed limit on the southside of Atlanta to 65 miles per hour, and changes are coming to the northside.
A pothole large enough to earn the nickname The Grand Canyon is gone thanks to a call to 11Alive's Commuter Dude.
Reverse potholes that have plagued a NW Atlanta neighborhood should soon be a thing of the past.