Dr. Gridlock: D.C. Transportation


Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Norton urges decision on CSX tunnel project in SE

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) wants the Federal Highway Administration to expedite the release of an environmental assessment on the proposed reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel.

By Luz Lazo  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation

Posted at 11:28 PM ET, 01/27/2014

District’s ticket cameras go after stop sign, intersection-blocking drivers

D.C. cameras now will ticket drivers who violate five more laws, slowing traffic or endangering pedestrians.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:28 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Navigating transit with baby in tow

Local blogger Tiffany Bridge offers tips on how to navigate public transportation with baby in tow.

By Lori Aratani  |  01:09 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Report: Many Amtrak stations not fully accessible to people with disabilities

The National Disability Rights Network inspected 94 stations in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

By Luz Lazo  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  accessibility, ADA, amtrak, commuter rail, D.C. transportation, disability community, national rail system, Transportation

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 10/11/2013

A new look for D.C. drivers licenses

D.C. is introducing a new design for drivers licenses and identification cards starting this November.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:56 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation

Posted at 07:23 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Park(ing) Day turns metered spots into temporary parks in D.C.

Some of D.C. public parking spots will be transformed into temporary public parks in celebration of Park(ing) Day on Friday.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  07:23 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C., D.C. roads, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Will road ahead include tolls on existing lanes?

Ron Kirby, director of transportation planning for Council of Governments, joins Dr. Gridlock at noon for an online discussion of regional priorities.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:12 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Council of Governments, D.C. traffic, D.C. transit, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Ronald Kirby, Transportation Planning Board

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 08/27/2013

How to navigate Wednesday’s March on Washington anniversary events

What you need to know to navigate the roads, rails and crowds on Wednesday.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  11:09 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  commuter buses, commuter rail, Commuting, D.C., D.C. roads, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Metro, Metrorail, Morning commute, morning traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Streets reopen after Frager's Hardware fire on Capitol Hill

Several streets in the Capitol Hill neighborhood are closed to traffic Thursday morning.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  09:16 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C., D.C. roads, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Morning commute, morning traffic

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Sinkhole closures could be lifted by Friday evening, DDOT says

A sinkhole at the intersection of 14th and F streets in Northwest has blocked lanes and traffic in the area for the past 10 days.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 06:28 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Major Red Line delays during morning rush

Trains are single-tracking between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten stations.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  06:28 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, D.C. transportation, Metro, Metrorail, Morning commute

Posted at 06:17 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Police activity impacts traffic around McPherson Square

The blocks between H and K streets and 14th Street and Vermont Avenue were closed to traffic. The Vermont Avenue entrance of the McPherson Square Metro station also was closed .

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  06:17 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, D.C. roads, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Metro, Metrorail, Morning commute, morning traffic

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Pedestrian hit by bus in downtown D.C.

A pedestrian was struck Thursday morning, leading to traffic delays near Gallery Place, police said.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  08:51 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, D.C., D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Metro, Metrobus, Morning commute, morning traffic

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Red line delays on Metro due to disabled train

Red line trains are facing 25- to 30-minute delays in both directions due to a disabled train outside Bethesda.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  08:09 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, D.C. roads, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, Morning commute, morning traffic

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/01/2013

D.C. students can get Metrobus passes at Giant stores

Metro and DC to offer bus passes at Giant grocery stores.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  d.c. transportation department, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 12/19/2012

New 11th Street Bridge ramp opened Wednesday afternoon

The ramp from the 11th Street Bridge to Interstate 295N is could be open in time for the evening rush hour, DDOT said.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  09:24 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Maryland warn drivers about p.m. commute

The Maryland State Highway Administration says afternoon and evening driving may be slow, and possibly slippery.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland traffic, Wintry weather

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Metro has some explaining to do

The transit authority needs to assure riders that the trains will run when Metro says they will run.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Driver courtesy sometimes creates uncertainty

A driver complains that travelers err by being overly courteous.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Traffic safety

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/26/2012

The weekend and beyond: walks, runs, weather

Eyes will be on three big events: the AIDS Walk, the Marine Corps Marathon and Hurricane Sandy.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Driver urges common sense at intersections

But he fears roadway courtesy is not contagious among other travelers.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:16 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Warm weather, Dupont Circle exit reopened, 11 Street Bridge new ramp: The week ahead

The entrance closed more than eight months ago for escalator replacement.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/19/2012

The weekend and beyond

Here are some of the key events that will affect travel in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, capital beltway, D.C. traffic, D.C. transit, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Virginia express lanes operator prepares for opening

Transurban officials urge drivers to prepare for fall opening as well.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:06 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Beltway HOT lanes, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland Department of Transportation, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 10/17/2012

New Beltway commute will be a learning experience

A driver asks about E-ZPass transponders.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:42 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Beltway HOT lanes, Commuting, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 10/16/2012

D.C. making emergency fix on Military Road

Avoid Military Road near Connecticut Avenue early Wednesday.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:09 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.M. traffic, Commuting, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Money or power: What would it take to improve your commute?

Some projects that could affect many commutes would require more power than money.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:55 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, traffic, transit, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Money or power: What would it take to improve your commute?

Some projects that could affect many commutes would require more power than money.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:55 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, traffic, transit, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 10/12/2012

The weekend and beyond: Nationals playoff crowds, Metro work and more

Here's a look at traffic and transit changes and news in the D.C. area this weekend and into next week.

By Mark Berman  |  02:01 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, Weekend events, Weekend work, WMATA

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Mapping program takes Nats fan for a ride

Travelers debate the value of map services after Apple Maps debacle

By Henri Cauvin  |  02:13 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple Maps, D.C. transportation, Google Maps, Map apps

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/08/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit: Playoff baseball returns to D.C.

Here are some traffic and transportation notes to keep in mind over the coming week.

By Mark Berman  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  commuter rail, Commuting, D.C. transportation, Metro, The Week Ahead, WMATA

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 10/05/2012

The weekend and beyond: Traffic, transit tips

Here's a look at traffic and transit changes for the holiday weekend in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:33 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, Columbus Day weekend, D.C. transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, Weekend events, Weekend work, WMATA

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Aggressive drivers are wrong about right on red

A driver asks whether a right turn on red is mandatory.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:09 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Metro, Traffic safety, WMATA

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Mayor rescinds plan to raise cab fares for playoffs

Taxis will be allowed to charge a dollar per extra rider on playoff days.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:12 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baseball playoffs, D.C. Taxicab Commission, DC transportation, Nationals, Nationals Park

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Metrorail limits Columbus Day weekend work

Major track work has been canceled, but some trains will share tracks.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:28 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Columbus Day, D.C. transportation, Metro, Nationals Park, WMATA

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/02/2012

New ramp opening at D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge

New link is first of several scheduled to open this fall.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, Anacostia Freeway, D.C. 295, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, I-295

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/02/2012

For D.C. region’s commuters: What’s the big idea?

Travelers offer Dr. Gridlock their grand proposals, assuming they have unlimited resources.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Shorter days, playoff potential, a rush of road work: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The Nationals home schedule remains in flux, but the road work pace is steady in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Nationals, Redskins, 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Stranded driver thanks Virginia road service

A flat tire leaves a motorist, her daughter and two dogs in a tough spot on the I-95 shoulder.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration, Intercounty Connector, BWI Airport

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Metro cancels some early October track work

Metro revised its original plan to shut some stations for maintenance, which could be good for Nationals fans.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:57 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Nationals, Baseball playoffs, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: Which is better for getting around D.C. region?

Dr. Gridlock checks to see whether Apple’s replacement of the Google Maps app helps commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:44 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Apple Maps, Google Maps, iPhone, iPad, GPS

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 09/24/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit in D.C. area: Beltway, I-66, GW Parkway work

September’s higher traffic volumes, extensive road work create trouble spots.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:37 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Mount Vernon Trail, National Park Service, Nationals, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Football, baseball, soccer and a book fest: the weekend and beyond

Watch for big crowds at Nationals Park, FedEx Field and RFK Stadium this weekend. But travelers also will be drawn to events from Dulles International to Ocean City.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Nationals, Redskins, D.C. United, District Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Getting to FedEx Field for Redskins first home game

Here’s some advice for newcomers and veterans about how to reduce game day traffic and transit hassles.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Skins Traffic | Tags:  DC transportation, Redskins, FedEx Field

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Traffic stops planned on Dulles access road

Traffic will be halted for short periods Thursday when parts for pedestrian bridges arrive at a Silver Line station.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Airport, Silver Line

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 09/18/2012

New GW Parkway project to slow traffic through fall

Parkway drivers are complaining about a rock stabilization project that shuts the left lane northbound.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:52 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Commuting, Construction, Highways | Tags:  DC transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Rosslyn, George Washington Parkway

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/17/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit: Stormy weather, sports crowds, bridge work

The worst weather for commuting will be Tuesday, but travelers also should watch out for many sporting events and new work near the 11th Street Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority, 495 Express Lanes, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 09/07/2012

Many outdoor events, but also street closings and Metro delays: the weekend and beyond

Metro will split the Red Line this weekend through downtown D.C. Drivers will encounter many changes in traffic patterns, including street closings for Sunday events.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:47 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge, Nation's Triathlon, Adams Morgan Day, Wasington Nationals

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012

New ramps to Beltway should ease congestion for Route 267 drivers in Virginia

New ramps opening this weekend will provide a direct link between the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Airport, Dulles Toll Road, 495 Express Lanes, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/06/2012

String of Metro Red Line stations to close in D.C. this weekend

Metro’s maintenance program will split the Red Line this weekend in the middle of downtown D.C.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Nationals, Nation's Triathlon, Adams Morgan Day

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Tysons ramp reopening, after completion of Silver Line tunnel

By the end of the week, drivers should have an easier time getting through a key intersection in Tysons Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tysons Corner, Silver Line | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Metrorail, Silver Line, Tysons Corner

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Preparing for September Shock: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Commuters should expect heavier traffic and more crowding on the trains as vacations and and more schools reopen this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:29 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge, 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, 11th Street Bridge

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Metro work, N.Y. Ave. Bridge, I-66 closures and more: This weekend and beyond

The summer is almost over. If you’re still in town, you need to know about a few things that could cause you headaches this weekend and into next week.

By Mark Berman  |  12:51 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC transportation, metro, wmata, wilson bridge, bay bridge, capital beltway

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Meteor showers, Metro delays, paving projects: the weekend and beyond

The Perseid meteors will be in the skiest, but back on the planet’s surface, area travelers face delays.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:48 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Virginians can review long-range transportation plan

A Thursday afternoon session at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington provides an opportunity to review and comment on Virginia’s transportation program through 2035.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:22 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Transportation News | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 08/09/2012

All Metro lines affected by weekend work

The Red Line will be split in two along its west side. Trains will share tracks on three other lines, and the Yellow Line’s route will be shortened.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:24 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 08/03/2012

Sports, battles, Beltway paving, Metrorail projects: the weekend and beyond

A hot, muggy weekend won’t stop travelers bound for the Nationals, D.C. United or the tennis finals, but some road and transit work may slow them down.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:08 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway, District Department of Transportation, Nationals, Redskins, D.C. United, Citi Open

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Metro weekend work to affect service on Red, Orange lines

Buses will replace trains on the west side of the Orange Line and the east side of the Red Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:55 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Virginia announces final deal on I-95 express lanes

Construction of the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-95 is scheduled to start very soon and be done around the end of 2014.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:32 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Highways, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, I-95 Express Lanes, I-495 Express Lanes, HOT lanes, Capital Beltway, Gov. McDonnell

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 07/31/2012

D.C. toughens drunk driving law, restores breath test

A revised law to take effect Wednesday adds penalties and allows police to resume the suspended breath-testing program.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:59 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Traffic Safety | Tags:  DC transportation, D.C. police, Drunk driving

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 07/30/2012

11th Street Bridge, Beltway bottlenecks, Metro parking: the week ahead for traffic, transit

While commuter traffic is slipping into a mid-summer lull, several road projects in the D.C. region are scheduled to score major breakthroughs in the coming week.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Highways | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, 11th Street Bridge, Virginia Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 07/27/2012

Storms, Beltway widening, Metro delays, tennis and sharks: the weekend and beyond

Storms, Beltway paving and Metro maintenance are likely to be the biggest obstacles facing weekend travelers in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:52 AM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events, Construction, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 07/26/2012

Metro weekend work to affect all lines

It has become close to routine for weekend work to affect all five Metro lines, adding to riders’ concerns when they heard about the plan to set minimal standards on time between trains.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:11 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Montgomery, Fairfax to talk traffic, but solutions won’t come easily

Elected leaders from the two counties will consider the possibility of reviving express bus service, which failed in its most recent trial.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Commuter Bus, Metro, Maryland, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Wilson Bridge project revises schedule for Beltway paving near Telegraph Road

Last weekend’s storms pushed back the planned completion of the THRU and LOCAL lane paving along the Beltway in the Alexandria area.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:37 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Metro board to consider amended version of standard for gaps between trains

The latest draft says that under normal conditions, times between trains won’t exceed 15 minutes at peak service, 20 minutes off-peak, and 25 minutes after 10 p.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:02 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Hot cars, missing buses, road work delays: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The heat returns, and Metro riders will continue to have problems with hot rail cars. Road projects are causing congestion.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:33 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Hot cars, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, AIDS conference

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 07/20/2012

Beltway work, Metro Red Line split: the weekend and beyond

The weather will improve for those getting around the D.C. area this weekend, but the rainy forecast did force postponement of Beltway paving in Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:13 AM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Montgomery Ride On puts buses on reduced schedule after fire

The Montgomery County Ride On bus fleet is operating on a modified holiday schedule Thursday and Friday. Weekend service will be normal, the county said.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:40 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Transit, Montgomery County | Tags:  DC transportation, Montgomery County, Ride On, Isiah Leggett

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Metro: Train computer problem fixed, but heat precautions could affect service

Metro said it has repaired the computer problem that forced it to halt trains twice last weekend. However, riders may find the trains slowed above ground because of the high heat.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:55 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Metro response to breakdown at Dupont Circle reflected safety plan

Red Line riders complained about the extent of this morning’s disruption, but Metro was carrying out a plan to prevent dangerous crowding on the Dupont Circle platform.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:22 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA:

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 07/13/2012

Metro delays, bridge work, Beltway and parkway lane closings: The weekend and beyond

The weekend weather forecast for the D.C. area suggests we should be lazy, but road and transit work crews will be very active.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:52 AM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Events | Tags:  DC Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Silver Line

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Metro to resume maintenance this weekend, affecting all rail lines

To Metrorail riders, a disruption is a disruption, no matter what the style.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:53 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Virginia decides to impose E-ZPass account fees

The new fees start on Sept. 1, but the Virginia Department of Transportation announced breaks for drivers who already hold accounts and for carpoolers who plan to use the new express lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:52 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, E-ZPass

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Beltway paving continues on inner loop in Virginia

Lane closings on the Beltway’s inner loop in the Alexandria area will continue this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:33 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Metro failed riders during Green Line stranding

While Friday’s evacuation from a derailed Green Line train went relatively smoothly, the same can’t be said of Tuesday’s stranding and Metro’s response.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:36 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Green Line

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Heat wave gone, Green Line back: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Temperatures should be near normal this week. Same for Metrorail service, we hope. But some significant delays remain on the highways in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:31 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Heat, Metro disruptions, Beltway paving: The weekend and beyond

Metro cancelled its extensive track work plan for this weekend after Friday’s Green Line derailment, but drivers face slowdowns for many paving projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:35 AM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Extreme weather

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Silver Line will add challenges to already stressed Metro service

Many regional leaders applaud Loudoun’s endorsement of the Silver Line, but someday it will be a real commuter line with everyday problems, like the Rush Plus adjustments.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:36 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Silver Line | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Silver Line, Rush Plus

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Heat, dark lights and a holiday: The week ahead for D.C. area traffic, transit

Darkened traffic signals remain a problem, but traffic volume is down before the mid-week July 4 holiday.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:47 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, July 4, DC storm, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Maryland ends Beltway bridge detour

The ramp that takes New Hampshire Avenue traffic over the Capital Beltway and onto the outer loop has reopened ahead of schedule.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Metro fare changes affect paper, passes

Dr. Gridlock addresses some recent questions about the Metro Farecard surcharge and new prices and styles on Metrorail passes.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Metro Rush Plus: Riders wonder if some lines now have too many trains

Many commuters aren't what to make of their limited experience with Metro’s new rush hour service, but some suspect the extra trains may add to crowding.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:53 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Beltway lane closings in Virginia this week

The 495 Express Lanes project is closing the outer loop at Springfield overnights. Meanwhile, the Wilson Bridge project has moved the outer loop’s THRU/LOCAL lane split.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation 495 Express Lanes, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Beltway work zones, lane closings, Metro delays: the week ahead for traffic and transit

Two construction areas on the Capital Beltway are slowing traffic this week. Metro’s big weekend disruption will be on the Blue and Orange lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Wilson Bridge project to restrict traffic on Beltway

The outer loop’s THRU lanes are closed this weekend. Only one LOCAL lane is open. On Monday, drivers will find the THRU/LOCAL split has moved farther west.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:03 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Wilson Bridge project, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Metrorail delays, Beltway work, traffic shifts: The weekend and beyond

The first weekend of summer will be a busy one, with outdoor activities and road and transit work.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:54 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Silver Line, Dulles Airport, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge project

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Riding Metro in hot weather: Tips for keeping cooler

Dr. Gridlock offers tips on transit riding during this D.C. heat wave.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weather | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Heat wave

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Bay Bridge to close for crane move

Four giant cranes built in China will move beneath two Maryland bridges Wednesday afternoon.

By Robert Thomson and Mark Berman  |  01:12 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bay Bridge | Tags:  DC transportation, Bay Bridge

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 06/19/2012

If Metro’s Rush Plus works, how will we know, and when will we know?

Metro is adding trains to the Orange and Yellow lines and subtracting from the Blue, just like it said, but what does this mean to individual riders, and when is it fair to judge the program?

By Robert Thomson  |  11:26 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Rush Plus or Rush Minus? Metro riders dispute the results of new service

Some Metrorail riders think it’s a no-win. Others are more hopeful, and willing to experiment with routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:14 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Rush Plus: Assessing the first morning of new Metro service

Riders will eventually figure out their best routes under Metro’s new rush hour service, but they could use more help.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Sailabration, Nationals baseball, Metro delays and detours: the weekend and beyond

Tall ships visit Baltimore, the Yankees visit Nationals Park, Metro work affects four lines, and the Capital Beltway is filled with work zones.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:21 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Sailabration, Metro, WMATA, Nationals Park, Capital Beltway, Weekend guide

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Get help riding Metro’s Rush Plus with Post’s new mobile guide

The Post introduces a new on-the-go guide to Rush Plus available on mobile devices.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:38 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Commuting | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Baltimore traffic warning: Tall ships likely to bring big traffic congestion starting Wednesday

Baltimore’s Sailabration for the War of 1812 bicentennial could draw a million people over the next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority, Baltimore, Sailabration, War of 1812

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/12/2012

New interchange near Maryland Live! Casino should ease congestion

An interchange with an unusual design targets the traffic congestion generated by the casino’s opening last week.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Congestion, Construction, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland traffic

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Metro trying to smooth transit from paper fare cards to SmarTrip

Metro is about to impose a bigger penalty on riders who use paper fare cards, so it also is announcing some incentives to switch to the SmarTrip cards.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, SmarTrip

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Beltway lane closings, Rush Plus preparations: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Beltway drivers are enduring a paving project near the Wilson Bridge, while Metro riders are puzzling over the plans for the new Rush Plus service.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 06/08/2012

GW Parkway/Mount Vernon Trail crossing to get safety upgrades

The National Park Service plans to make safety improvements at the dangerous places on the George Washington Parkway near Memorial Circle.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:52 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Transportation, George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon Trail, Biking

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Many D.C. weekend events will draw crowds, traffic

Thousands of Girl Scouts will Rock the Mall on Saturday on the Washington Monument grounds. That’s just one of many outdoor activities scheduled for D.C. this weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:53 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Metro, District | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rock the Mall, Capital Pride

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Cellphone laws don’t persuade all drivers to put gadgets down

A Virginia driver says California can show us the way to limit cellphone use, but studies suggest not all get the message even when hand-held devices are banned.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:36 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Traffic Safety | Tags:  DC transportation, Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Distracted driving

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Capital Pride, Capital Beltway, Metro capital projects: The weekend and beyond

The Capital Pride festival will draw thousands to D.C. this weekend, while others head for beaches and concerts. But watch out for Metro delays, road projects and speed cameras.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:52 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Capital Pride, Rush Plus, Capital Beltway

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Metro riders still trying to figure out impact of Rush Plus service changes

Metro is putting out plenty of publicity about the June 18 service changes, but many riders either aren’t sure what it means for them, or just don’t like it.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Commuting | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Speed cameras, Beltway slowdowns, Gay Pride parade: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The travel weather for the D.C. region looks pretty good the week of June 4-10, but drivers and transit users should be alert for some changes affecting their rides.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Wilson Bridge, Rush Plus

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 06/01/2012

D.C. closing streets for weekend events

Four events in the District over the weekend will require street closings.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:48 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, District | Tags:  DC transportation, Race for the Cure, Taste of Georgetown, Post Hunt, Ford's Theatre

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Beltway congestion, Metro delays, downtown D.C. race: the weekend and beyond for traffic, transit

Travelers should encounter good weather this weekend, but need to note several major delays ahead on the roads and rails in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Bay Bridge, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Washington Nationals, Metro, WMATA, Race for the Cure

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Beltway drivers to encounter major delays on inner loop in Virginia this weekend

The weekend paving will put THRU lanes in their final configuration west of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:29 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, transportation, highways, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Metro riders council delivers message to board on better communications

The Metro Riders’ Advisory Council tells the Metro board that the transit authority needs to work on its communication skills.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:03 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Transit

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Memorial Day and beyond: Thunder in skies, Rolling Thunder on D.C. roads

Dr. Gridlock offers advice to those leaving the D.C. region for the Memorial Day weekend, or staying close to home for holiday events.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:59 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Getaways, Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Summer getaways

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Metro riders: Are trains really your best option during weekend disruptions?

Metrorail delays — scheduled and unscheduled — make weekend transit unreliable. So why do so many still ride?

By Robert Thomson  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 05/21/2012

11th Street Bridge: D.C. plans major changes in traffic patterns near Anacostia River

Big changes at the 11th Street Bridge will affect thousands of commutes.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:50 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Commuting, District | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, 11th Street Bridge, Anacostia River

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Summer getaways: From D.C. area to New England

A traveler from Montgomery County is looking for advice on reaching Cape Cod this summer.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways | Tags:  DC transportation, Summer getaway, Memorial Day

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Memorial Day getaways, 11th St. Bridge opening, Metro delays: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Here are some travel tips for your Memorial Day getaway or on your regular commute this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:20 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Construction, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation District Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Turn signals: Some electronic, some human

Signaling intentions isn’t that hard, but many drivers fail to do it. Knowing this, some travelers look for other tips to anticipate behavior on the road.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:38 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Andrews air show, Nationals vs. Orioles, soccer, new 11th St. Bridge route: the weekend and beyond

It’s a busy weekend for events and travel delays in the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Highways, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Nationals, Andrews air show, District Department of Transportation, 11th Street Bridge, DC United

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Nats fan offers ballpark travel tips by Circulator, Metro

Metro’s Green Line to Nationals Park is never a problem, baseball fan says, but return is something else

By Robert Thomson  |  08:59 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Events, District, Driving, Highways, Traffic Safety, Transit | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Nationals, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Memorial Day weekend to open summer getaway season for D.C. area travelers

A traveler from Montgomery County already is looking for advice on how to return home after a trip to Williamsburg over Memorial Day weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:26 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Memorial Day, Summer getaway

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 05/15/2012

D.C. speed camera locations expanding by 25

The D.C. police department is adding more than 25 locations for speed camera enforcement.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:54 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, District, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DC police, Speed cameras

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Metro delays, road work, bikers’ day and an air show: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The rainy weather early this week may slow some road work, but plenty of activity is scheduled on highways and Metro.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:44 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Driving, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Metro SmarTrip card finds new, unauthorized user

A thief treats a Metro rider’s electronic Farecard like found money.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Metro delays, Anacostia detours, Annapolis triathlon: the weekend and beyond for D.C. area traffic, transit

The weekend weather will be fine for travel in the D.C. region, but your trips may be slowed by Metro repairs, road work and street closings.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:09 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Driving, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 05/10/2012

D.C. area congestion relief won’t come from big transportation projects

A new Post poll of Virginians suggests to Dr. Gridlock that wish lists of transportation projects won’t get beyond the dream stage.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:48 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation Politics, Virginia, Silver Line | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Silver Line, Post poll

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 05/09/2012

D.C. closing freeway ramp near 11th Street Bridge

The District Department of Transportation is shutting a ramp for Eighth Street SE in preparation for a new route on the 11th Street Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:04 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Highways, District | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, 11th Street Bridge

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Prince George’s commuters: Paving work begins on county roads

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced a slate of spring and summer projects in Prince George’s County.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Construction, Prince George's County, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Beltway drivers ask whether 495 Express Lanes will suit them

The express lanes, also known as HOT lanes, are scheduled to be done at the end of 2012, and drivers are studying their usefulness.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Driving, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Southbound I-95: Drivers warn of heavy traffic, offer tips to avoid the worst of it

Interstate 95 south of D.C. is bad, whether on weekdays in the spring or summer weekends, drivers advise.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:49 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Highways, Getaways | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Getaways

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Metro’s Rush Plus plan worries D.C. area commuters

Metrorail riders on the Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines wonder how to avoid getting delayed or lost when Rush Plus begins June 18.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Rush Plus

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Metro delays, Beltway progress, lane closings: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The weekly outlook for the D.C. area includes a big improvement for Beltway drivers at Interstate 66, but Metro maintenance and road work will delay other travelers.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Driving, Biking, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Deparatment of Transportation

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Race for Hope to close D.C. streets Sunday

Race for Hope participants should check the Metro repair work schedule for disruptions.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Metro, District | Tags:  DC transportation, Race for Hope, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Beltway/I-66 interchange bottleneck to open up this weekend in Express Lanes work zone

Commuters on the Beltway’s inner loop in Virginia should see a significant improvement by next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Nationals, Capitals, Cinco de Mayo and Metro: the weekend and beyond

This is a big sports weekend in D.C. Unfortunately, it’s also a big weekend for Metro repair projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Bay Bridge, Driving, Biking | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Nationals, Capitals

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/03/2012

Capitals, Nationals this weekend: How to deal with Metrorail disruptions

Metrorail service disruptions will create challenges for hockey and baseball fans, but there are options.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Transit rider advocates ask Metro to delay weekend track work because of Nationals, Capitals games

“No transportation agency in this area would inconvenience drivers in a similar way for non-emergency maintenance,” says the Action Committee for Transit.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Capitals, Nationals

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 05/01/2012

New interchange underway on BW Parkway near Arundel Mills casino

Drivers in Anne Arundel County may get disoriented the first time they use redesigned interchange.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:15 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Drivers worry Beltway HOT lanes will increase congestion near Potomac River

Planners of the 495 Express Lanes don’t expect that they’ll add to Beltway traffic, just shift it around.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/30/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers will find the weather much warmer as the week progresses. Watch out for more activity in highway work zones.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Metro, Capital Beltway, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 04/29/2012

Why charge carpoolers who already help traffic?

Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton says the commonwealth expects much higher costs to operate its E-ZPass system, but how should a user fee be structured?

By Robert Thomson  |  10:39 AM ET, 04/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation Politics, Highways, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, E-ZPass

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/27/2012

The weekend and beyond

Watch the forecast as you plan travels for this weekend, and check here for the man-made obstacles that include Metro track work and several road projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, WMATA, mass transit, public transportation, D.C. metro System, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Metro rider had to take long way to his stop

If your weekend destination aboard Metrorail is the Arlington Cemetery station, take note of this quirk in the shuttle bus service during the upcoming split in the Blue Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/25/2012

‘Orange Cones. No Phones’: Safety officials focus on phones in work zones

Transportation safety officials gathered at a new bridge in the 495 Express Lanes work zone to renew their campaign against distracted driving.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Beltway lane closings Tuesday night in Greenbelt

A bridge redecking project over the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt will disrupt traffic Tuesday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Prince George's County | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/23/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Despite the chilly and sometimes rainy weather, there are plenty of road and transit projects scheduled for this week across the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/20/2012

The weekend and beyond

Friday and Saturday morning are likely to be the best times for outdoor activities in the D.C. region before rain arrives for the rest of the weekend. Metro’s spring break is over, and weekend track work disruptions resume Friday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Capital Beltway, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Potomac bridge: Not in your commuting lifetime

Despite some mild encouragement recently from the Maryland and Virginia governors, an actual plan for a new river crossing is years away — at least.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Lane closings across D.C. region

Here are some updates on road work across the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:44 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Silver Line

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 04/13/2012

The weekend and beyond

The Nationals are in D.C., the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is Saturday morning, and there’s road work all across the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:29 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival, Metro, WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Metro to survey rail riders

Metro plans to begin surveying riders for the next six weeks to gather “information for planning and operational purposes,” according to a statement.

By Washington Post editors  |  09:39 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, , WMATA, mass transit, public transportation, d.c. metro system, washington metro system

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Getting to opening day at Nationals Park

Many fans have suggested ways to make the trip to and from the game less of a hassle.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Metro, Driving, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Nationals Park

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 04/11/2012

D.C. traffic rules in effect on Monday holiday

For Monday’s Emancipation Day holiday, the District plans to maintain its rush hour traffic rules.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:09 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Events, Commuting, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, Emancipation Day, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Maryland drivers confront a busy road construction season

Maryland’s highway administrator joined with State Police in a plea for safety on the roads as many projects get underway in the D.C. suburbs this spring.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:57 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/09/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The spring breaks are over for most local schools, the Cherry Blossom Festival continues and the Washington Nationals will play their first home game on Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Events, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival, Metrom, WMATA, Nationals Park

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Commuters gain little from transportation project lists

Transportation improvement programs tend to be lists of construction projects that will boost economic interests rather than visions for better commuting.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/04/2012

What went wrong with the red top meters

The initial phase of the District’s red top meter program focused on stopping cheating rather than providing for the needs of people with disabilities.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parking, District | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012

The weekend and beyond

Blossom time is over at the Tidal Basin, but the Cherry Blossom Festival, with all its crowd-gathering events, is still going strong.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Cherry Blossom Festival, 495 Express Lanes, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Driver says courtesy can be counterproductive

A driver tells Dr. Gridlock that motorists in the D.C. area may be getting too polite.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/26/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The cherry blossoms peaked last week, but the Cherry Blossom Festival just got underway on Sunday and many events are scheduled for this week and next.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Cherry Blossom Festival, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Benefit run to close Pennsylvania Ave.

The Scope It Out Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness will cause closures along Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday morning. The event starts and ends at Freedom Plaza.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Transportation, D.C. Streets

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Chat with Dr. Gridlock on Monday at noon

Dr. Gridlock will be online and chatting with readers on Monday at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  03:00 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Transportation

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 03/23/2012

The weekend and beyond, at cherry blossom time

Despite rain and cooler temperatures, the Tidal Basin and National Mall are likely to be crowded with tourists on the opening weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:54 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Biking, Parking, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012

D.C. says anyone can now park at red top meters

D.C. says anyone can now park at red top meters.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, red top meters, DC parking, Cherry Blossom Festival, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Tips for the Tidal Basin: Don’t drive to blossoms

Many people bound for the Tidal Basin at blossom time won’t believe how frustrating it will be to try driving.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, District | Tags:  DC transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 03/20/2012

D.C. Council to consider suspending red top meters for disabled

The D.C. Council is to take up an emergency measure Tuesday that would suspend enforcement of the red top meter parking system for the disabled.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:46 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parking, District | Tags:  D.C. transportation, D.C.parking

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/19/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Spring weather and cherry blossoms will draw many to the Tidal Basin this week, so expect crowds and traffic.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/18/2012

Chat with Dr. Gridlock on Monday at noon

Dr. Gridlock will be online and chatting with readers on Monday at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Transportation

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 03/09/2012

The weekend and beyond

While most gatherings remain indoors on this late-winter weekend, we do have signs of spring: D.C. United will play its season opener at RFK Stadium on Saturday. The D.C. St. Patrick’s Day parade is Sunday. And early Sunday, the clocks spring forward.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:46 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, St. Patrick's Day parade, D.C. United

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012

D.C. to install more red top meters for disabled people

The District Department of Transportation announced today that it will speed up the installation of the new red top meters reserved for people with disabilities.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parking, District | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DDOT, DC parking

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Road work starting near Bethesda medical center

Commuters along the Route 355 corridor in Bethesda may notice the start today of the two-week closing of Elmhirst Drive, north of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC, Commuting, Maryland, Montgomery County | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland transportation, BRAC, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Fairfax is talking about Dulles Silver Line

The county Department of Transportation has set public meetings and an online discussion on the second phase of the Dulles Metrorail project.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Metro, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Metrorail, Silver Line, Metro, WMATA, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Metro down to last 2 hearings on fare increase

Metro riders are asking the transit board to be more responsive to its customers.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 03/05/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

DR. GRIDLOCK | Metro is doing some track work that will cause delays. The road work schedule is limited, but you will find all the big projects are active at off-peak hours.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:19 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Dulles Metrorail

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, new parking meters, road work

Weekend travelers in the D.C. region will encounter some showers, along with Metro maintenance delays and road projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Metro, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Q&A on new D.C. red top meters for disabled people

As the District begins enforcement Thursday of the new parking policy for people with disabilities, travelers continue to ask questions about the red top meter program.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DDOT, DC parking rules

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Metro planning weekend work on 3 rail lines

Metro’s Red, Orange and Blue lines will be disrupted by track work this weekend, with the most extensive delays occurring on the Red Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Metro public hearing Wednesday night in Falls Church

Tonight, when the transit authority holds the first of its fare increase hearings in Virginia, Orange Line riders probably will dominate the discussion.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Metro fare increases,

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Metro offers new alert system for bus disruptions

Metro has launched an e-mail and text message alert system designed to give bus riders the same sort of information about service disruptions that rail riders have been getting.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:19 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Metrobus

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/27/2012

D.C. reminds drivers about new red top meters

Warning notices will end and ticketing will begin Thursday at the District’s new street parking spaces for disabled people.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DDOT, parking

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Metro fare hearings start Monday night

Fare increase proposals don't usually draw big crowds to Metro budget hearings. Proposals to cut service do, and this year’s budget doesn’t include any.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA,

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 02/27/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Drivers in Virginia and D.C. will encounter some new traffic patterns and disruptions this week, while Metro plans off-peak track work on four lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:57 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation 495 Express Lanes, Metro, WMATA,

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 02/24/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, Beltway changes

In addition to Metro’s maintenance delays, travelers should watch for changes on the Capital Beltway in Virginia’s 495 Express Lanes work zone.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:51 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation, New York Avenue bridge, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012

VDOT seeks to ease Beltway delays at I-66

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to restore the second lane from the Beltway outer loop to I-66 West.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2012

495 Express Lanes project closing Route 7 ramp

On Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the right-side ramp from eastbound Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) to the Capital Beltway’s inner loop and turn on a new traffic signal.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes,

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Metro: Help name the Silver Line stations

Metro and Fairfax County are asking the public to help name the new stations that will be part of the Silver Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro WMATA, Fairfax County, Tysons Corner

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 02/17/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, holiday parade and more

The Capital Weather Gang is tracking a storm that could bring some snow into the D.C. region on Sunday.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:04 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Metrorail delays, President's Day,

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Meeting Thursday on D.C. parking plan

The District is about to launch an adjustable rate parking system along H Street NE, the emerging shopping and entertainment corridor north of Capitol Hill and east of Union Station.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DC parking

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/14/2012

VDOT restoring link to Fairfax Parkway

Dept. plans to restore the left turn from Fair Lakes Parkway onto Fairfax County Parkway on Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Construction | Tags:  Virginia Department of Transportation, DC transportation

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Drivers complain about Va. Beltway ramp narrowing

The narrowing of the exit ramp from the Capital Beltway’s outer loop to westbound Interstate 66 has angered drivers who now encounter backups at their outer loop exit.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Metro sets hearings on fare increases

Metro has scheduled six public hearings at which the public can submit testimony on plans to raise transit fares and fees.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:44 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/13/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Metro has plenty of track work scheduled for this week. Drivers will encounter some road work disruptions across the D.C. region, but the ones at the Capital Beltway/Interstate 66 interchange are particularly noteworthy.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration,

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/10/2012

The weekend and beyond

There are no major public events likely to disrupt travel this weekend, but the transit authority is doing a lot of track work, and road work is scheduled on some heavily used routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Construction, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, 495 Express Lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration,

Posted at 06:50 AM ET, 02/07/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Virginia drivers should pay particular attention to the road work forecast. For transit riders, Metro is planning maintenance that will affect all the train lines at off-peak hours.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:50 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro WMATA Maryland State Highway Administration, District Department of Transportation,

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Metrorail riders: Which work-around is less annoying?

Dr. Gridlock asks Metro riders which is more painful: Single-tracking around work zones or shutting down stations?

By Robert Thomson  |  03:36 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012

The weekend and beyond

There’s a chance of snow showers Saturday night, but the weekend forecast is generally pretty good. Transit riders will encounter extensive delays on Metrorail, and drivers will have their own problems on the Beltway in Virginia and on some D.C. streets.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Metro | Tags:  Weekend delays, Metro, WMATA, DC transportation

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/03/2012

To Metrorail users, it’s all about the ride

A cartoon and a story capture what Metro riders are experiencing as they deal with delays caused by breakdowns and by maintenance.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  Metro, WMATA, DC transportation

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Some confusion, but no crowding at Dupont Circle

Some Metro riders hadn’t heard that the southside exit at Dupont Circle would be closed for eight months, while others were unsure about how to reach their destinations.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Red Line | Tags:  Metro, WMATA, DC transportation