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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 02/03/2014

When commuting, nobody really ‘wins’

Post’s commuting contest offers options, rather than a best route.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:16 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Evening commute uncrowded, but still tricky

Light traffic is both a blessing and a curse for those who were not granted a snow day.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:09 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Driving conditions change rapidly

As snow and wind intensify and temperature drops, safety can vary from block to block and lane to lane.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, snowstorm

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/21/2014

2011 storm taught lesson about fighting Mother Nature

Government decision makers, highway departments became more aggressive in telling commuters to stay home.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, snowstorm, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Planners approve transportation priorities for D.C. region

Priorities focus on maintaining road and transit system we have, a concept in accord with public surveys.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Express Lanes driving, tolls, continued to rise in late 2013

The lane operator’s report for the October-December quarter showed use up, despite federal shutdown.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Metrorail’s service plan for MLK weekend

The transit authority plans major track work on the Red and Green lines during the holiday weekend, but the resulting disruptions will end Sunday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:48 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Virginia transportation projects to watch in 2014

While nothing beats the Silver Line as a top transportation story for 2014, Virginia travelers will encounter many other high-impact projects this year.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro working on all five lines this weekend

All stations will be open, but there will be longer gaps than normal between trains.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metrorail plans busy weekend of track work

All stations remain open, but gaps between trains will be greater than normal.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro sets dates for hearings on fare increases

Six hearings on fare and fee increases are scheduled for late January and early February.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Maryland road projects to watch in 2014

These road projects will affect thousands of commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 01/09/2014

D.C. transportation projects to watch in 2014

Rebuilding rail and auto bridges and a new pedestrian/bike link to a Metro station are among the projects advancing in 2014.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:52 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Metro unveils six-month plan for major weekend work

This schedule shows the schedule for major track work, the kind that closes stations.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:54 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/26/2013

Military Bowl likely to tie up traffic in Annapolis

The annual football game, which had been at RFK, moves to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Annapolis, Dr. Gridlock Column, Military Bowl, Traffic tips

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Metro has special schedules for the holidays

Regular service Christmas Eve, but Christmas Day will be like a Sunday.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Travel advice for holiday eve getaways

For drivers who couldn’t get away earlier, here’s some last-minute guidance on routes and traffic information.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Traffic guide for last-minute shoppers

The morning rush was Christmasy light, but drivers still will find traffic around the malls.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:29 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Holiday traffic, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Holiday getaway begins, but it keeps going

Here are some tips for traveling away from the D.C. area during the holiday season.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 12/18/2013

New traffic pattern at Northern Virginia interchange

The change, now planned for January, is part of the reconstruction of the Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:55 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Metrorail open late for New Year’s

Metro also announced schedules for other times during the holidays.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Metro plans weekend closing at Greenbelt station

Buses will replace Green Line trains between College Park and Greenbelt.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bwi airport, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Commuters’ eternal question: Which way is faster?

Help The Post’s transportation team select some alternative commuting routes to test.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:41 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, Dr. Gridlock Column, Which Way?

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Metro cancels some weekend track work

The Green Line project is cancelled but disruptions will occur on the Red, Orange and Blue lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Streetcar heading for H Street tracks this weekend

The District plans to move a streetcar to H Street NE on Friday night, then begin testing before passenger service starts in 2014.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:05 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, H Street

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/12/2013

The Red Line experience: another day, another delay

A review of one week’s Metro service reports shows more disruptions on the Red Line than on any of Metrorail’s other four.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:14 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Greenbelt Metrorail station to close this weekend

Buses will replace trains between College Park and Greenbelt on Saturday and Sunday while Metro works on its test track for new rail cars.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:20 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Tips for traveling in Tuesday’s storm

The incoming storm is likely to bring out more bad habits among D.C. travelers..

By Robert Thomson  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Public Works, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Traffic safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Winter storm

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Metro makes its case on customer service

Metro board members support a pledge to riders, as transit officials describe service improvement programs.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail, Richard Sarles, WMATA

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/04/2013

What Metro fears about fare increases

The transit ridership is a less reliable market than it used to be.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Metro report to show service improvements

Transit authority’s scorecard shows gains in on-time performance and reliability.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Blue Line will be split this weekend

Crews also will work on the Red, Orange and Green lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:20 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Tips on handling holiday shopping traffic

Some of December’s biggest driving challenges will be at shopping centers.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:56 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Holiday traffic, Maryland Department of Transportation, Traffic tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Advice for northbound Thanksgiving getaways

Patience and planning are the keys, according to Maryland’s highway administrator.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Advice for southbound Thanksgiving getaways

Traffic data show that I-95 to Fredericksburg is a Thanksgiving eve hot spot till about 8:30 p.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:18 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Thanksgiving

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Winter mixes vex highway crews, as well as drivers

This two-day storm brings varied conditions that preview a typical winter for D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Advice for drivers launching their Thanksgiving getaways

Don’t let worries about the weather distract you from other aspects of safe driving.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:11 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Thanksgiving

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Metro adding airport bus service for Thanksgiving getaway

Metrobus will operate many more trips to BWI and Dulles airports. More details about Metro’s holiday schedules.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:07 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, Thanksgiving getaway, WMATA

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Make weather forecast part of Thanksgiving getaway plan

A pre-Thanksgiving storm is likely to mess with many well-laid plans for escaping the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:22 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving getaway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Metro to replace carpets with hard flooring

The transit authority plans to use hard flooring in part of the current fleet, as well as in the next generation of rail cars.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:23 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/22/2013

D.C. installing new downtown bike lane

Building the lane on M Street NW is scheduled to take four to six weeks.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bicycling, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Streetcar education underway in D.C.

Travelers along the H Street/Benning Road corridor are beginning to learn about sharing the roadway with the new vehicles.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:35 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Tips for Thanksgiving travelers

Travelers about to begin their holidays wrote in with questions and comments on their escape plans.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Getaways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving getaways, TSA, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Early getaway traffic may encounter I-395 detour

I-395 is scheduled to shut late Friday, and drivers will follow an overnight detour.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:39 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Thanksgiving getaway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Metro to work on three lines this weekend

The Orange and Blue Line trains will operate every 24 minutes throughout the weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Stranded Metro riders can’t measure rebuilding progress

Last week’s problems show why riders are confused or skeptical about the long-term rebuilding program.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, red line, WMATA

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Learn more about plan to open Beltway shoulder

VDOT is holding an information session on its plan to allow rush hour traffic on the left shoulder of the inner loop south of the Legion Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Loudoun roundabout rebuilt to cut down on crashes

The traffic circle in Loudoun County was redesigned to reduce speeding.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Traffic safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Metrorail to stay open late for FedEx night games

Metro announced that trains will run an extra hour for two upcoming football games.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:38 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, FedEx Field, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Neighbors debate impact of opening Beltway shoulder

Some fear Virginia project will add traffic congestion, but it’s more likely to create some space for today’s drivers.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:24 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Metro working on upgrades to its train arrival signs

Changes will make all signs easier to read, and will add information for Yellow or Blue lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:39 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, Rush Plus, WMATA

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Virginia, not Maryland, is where transit action is today

The Potomac River doesn’t divide transit thinkers from road builders.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, Dr. Gridlock Column, Intercounty Connector, Metro, Purple Line, Silver Line, Tysons

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 11/13/2013

No Yellow Line trains this weekend

Workers will be inspecting the rail bridge over the Potomac. Only the Blue Line is unaffected by weekend maintenance.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:05 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 11/12/2013

VDOT presents winter weather plan

Virginia rolls out some new snow-fighting tools for this winter, but commuters can help.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:54 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation, Winter weather

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Metro staff recommends keeping the D.C.-Dulles Airport bus

The Metro staff plans to recommend changes in some bus routes across the D.C. region, but not cancellation of the bus between L’Enfant Plaza and Dulles Airport.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bwi airport, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, National Harbor, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Transit projects nearly finished, but still no opening dates

The Silver Line and the D.C. streetcar line are wrapping up construction, but still need testing.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Silver Line more than five new stations

One of the first things riders will notice on the platform at the Wiehle-Reston station is the destination signs to Largo Town Center.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:13 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Fairfax Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Metro’s evolving strategy for holiday service

Metro will use this Veterans Day weekend to extend its major track work program.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Some drivers still uncomfortable with year-old HOT lanes

While some use the Beltway lanes to avoid congestion, other drivers remain suspicious of them.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:08 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, HOT lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Metro making improvements, but they may be hard to spot

A ceiling here, a staircase there improve the riders’ experience, but the overall trend isn’t easy to track.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:09 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, Richard Sarles, Rob Troup, transit, WMATA

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Tips for safe travels on Halloween

No tricks needed. Just good preparation.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:51 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, halloween, Maryland State Highway Administration, SoberRide

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Wilson Bridge Half Marathon rescheduled for Nov. 10

The bridge’s travel lanes will be open, but there are other road closings.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, George Washington Parkway, National Harbor, Wilson Bridge, Wilson Bridge Half Marathon

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Metro work to close some Orange, Blue Line stations

Buses will replace trains between Federal Triangle and Eastern Market.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:07 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/25/2013

D.C. to ban traffic on bridge in Rock Creek Park

An erosion problem detected in 2010 has worsened. The closing is scheduled to last about six months.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Tips for getting around during Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon

These tips should help runners, spectators and travelers simply trying to avoid the traffic congestion.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arlington police, D.C. police, D.C. traffic, Dr. Gridlock Column, Marine Corps Marathon, Metro, Virginia traffic, WMATA

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Busy weekend of events in D.C.

AIDS Walk and Howard University homecoming on Saturday, plus Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon will cause traffic diversions.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:41 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AIDS Walk, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Howard University homecoming, Marine Corps Marathon

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Fight over Virginia transportation priorities takes on new importance

Old battles over which projects make sense contain a new element: The prospect of money to build them.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:03 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Chase, Coalition for Smarter Growth, Commonwealth Transportation Board, Dr. Gridlock Column, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Stewart Schwartz, Virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Unusually light weekend ahead for Metrorail work

The Orange Line is the only one of Metrorail’s five lines that is scheduled to be disrupted this weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Cuccinelli plan focuses primarily on secondary roads

The plan may have emerged late in the gubernatorial campaign, but it’s got a long history.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:07 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Ken Cuccinelli, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia politics

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 10/21/2013

D.C. asking public’s help in shaping long-range transportation plan

The program, called moveDC, is an effort to develop a transportation plan for the next three decades.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:31 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, moveDC

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Work to begin on second ‘spot improvement’ for I-66

Funding issues have strung out the set of three highway widenings inside the Capital Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:23 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, I-66, Virginia traffic, Virgnia Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Difficult weekend ahead for I-95 drivers in Virginia

Some drivers heading south from the D.C. area this weekend will encounter delays because of the region’s biggest road work project.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:34 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, I-95, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013

I-95 HOT lanes will be a new experience with tolling for some

The 95 Express Lanes, now half done, will impose toll on lanes sometimes used for free.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Tolls

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/16/2013

D.C. sending out new visitor parking permits

The District has begun mailing out the city’s new Visitor Parking Passes, the latest step to make the program less subject to abuse.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. parking, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Visitor Parking Pass

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Use of express lanes continues to rise, operator says

Traffic and tolls along the 495 Express Lanes were up a bit in the year’s third quarter, the HOT lanes operator reports.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Tysons

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Seeking clues to your highway traffic mysteries

Help us identify highway zones in the D.C. area that are congested for no apparent reason.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:48 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, traffic

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Metro limiting track work over Columbus Day weekend

East side of the Orange Line will be closed. Red Line service also affected.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Metro riders' council to review proposal for customer pledge

Draft of pledge focuses on safety, customer service, timely sharing of information, accessibility, security and accountability.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Riders' Advisory Council, WMATA

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Red Line to close in downtown D.C. this weekend

Other track work will affect schedules on the Green, Blue and Yellow lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, red line, WMATA

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Meetings in Virginia this week on big road projects

VDOT officials will discuss the I-395 HOV ramp at the Mark Center and the Bi-County Parkway in Prince William and Loudoun.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:38 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bi-County Parkway, BRAC, Dr. Gridlock Column, Mark Center, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 09/30/2013

SmarTrip card changes start Tuesday

Price of SmarTrip drops, but rules on exiting fare gates also change.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, SmarTrip, WMATA

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 09/26/2013

D.C. narrowing lanes on eroding road in Rock Creek Park

Kalmia Road Culvert still needs permanent fix to solve problem.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:57 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Kalmia Road Culvert

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Schedule delays on Blue, Orange lines this weekend

This weekend’s schedule is relatively simple, but watch for a major disruption on the Red Line Oct. 4-6.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:56 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, Weekend work, WMATA

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Too many crashes at Loudoun roundabout

VDOT plans to make $300,000 worth of modifications to the roundabout where Routes 50 and 15 intersect in Gilbert’s Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Traffic safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 09/23/2013

D.C. visitor parking passes get new lease on life

D.C. Council action put transportation department’s replacement program on hold.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:33 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, D.C. parking, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Cutting Dulles Airport Metrobus now doesn’t make sense

Metro is considering dozens of good ideas to modify bus service, but cutting the airport route should be off the table.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Dulles Airport, Metro, Metrobus, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Metrorail working on Red and Orange lines this weekend

This will be a relatively light weekend for schedule disruptions on Metrorail, with all stations open.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:46 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Two hearings Monday on Metrobus changes

The transit authority has scheduled six public hearings on dozens of proposed changes in Metrobus routes and schedules. Monday night’s sessions are in Prince George’s and Falls Church.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:16 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, WMATA

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 12:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Watch for weekend closings of I-95 HOV lanes

A new round of HOV lane closings starts this weekend along 29 miles of I-95/395 in Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 09/10/2013

DDOT repaving 15th Street bike lane

Work on the popular cycling lane is scheduled to be done by Oct. 11

By Robert Thomson  |  01:18 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bicycling, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Service on Blue, Yellow lines to be disrupted this weekend

The Reagan National Airport station will be closed.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:36 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 09/09/2013

I-95 drivers get to compare travel times

Morning commuters see travel time estimates to the Pentagon via regular lanes versus the HOV lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:36 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, I-95, Tysons, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/06/2013

D.C. to hold festival on 11th Street Bridge local span

The Saturday afternoon celebration marks some of the transportation improvements that have occurred in the Anacostia River area.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Getting to FedEx Field for Monday night football

Fans heading for the first game of the NFL regular season at FedEx Field will traveling along with the usual afternoon rush hour crowds on Monday..

By Robert Thomson  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, FedEx Field, NFL, Redskins

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Riders’ council drafts service pledge for Metro

The Metro Riders' Advisory Council is nearly done with its draft "customer pledge" that it plans to send to the transit authority's board for review and possible adoption.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:45 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Ricers' Advisory Council, WMATA

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Traffic, transit tips for September and beyond

Commuter congestion is likely to increase through late fall. See some projects that will affect your travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:18 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/03/2013

‘September Shock’ is not a single blow for commuters

The end of vacation season adds commuters, but a key factor in congestion is that travelers' post-summer schedules are less flexible.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Transportation Planning Board

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Big improvement coming for Virginia traffic

A new bridge in Gainesville will help ease a longtime bottleneck.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:08 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Route 29, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 08/13/2013

D.C. tries to make tricky intersection safer

The odd angles of a Glover Park crossing have given drivers and pedestrians fits for years.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:49 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Orange/Blue Line trains to operate 24 minutes apart this weekend

The biggest impact of Metro's rebuilding project will come this weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Tips on riding Metrorail this weekend

Work on the Green Line was cancelled, but remains scheduled on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:59 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 08/08/2013

Metro riders' council working on 'customer pledge'

The citizens panel that advises the Metro board is trying to narrow down the things riders want most.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:09 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, Riders' Advisory Council, WMATA

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Metro rider asks about 'service adjustments' near end of line

It's usually not good for the riders aboard the train, which is either going to stop and wait for several minutes, or skip a station.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:21 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, Orange Line, WMATA

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Metro planning enhanced service for 50th anniversary of March on Washington

The transit authority anticipates extra crowds heading to Mall on Aug. 24.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:50 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Metro working on four lines this week

No work on the Yellow Line this week. Everyone else, listen up.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:29 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 08/05/2013

The week ahead for traffic in the D.C. area

Several projects will affect travel along Interstates 395, 695 and 295.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:59 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, capital beltway, D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Hours changing on I-95/395 HOV lanes to ease congestion

The adjustment begins Monday and will continue till mid-October.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:07 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Tips for weekend Metrorail travel

Work planned for the Green Line in cancelled, but service will be disrupted on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:03 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Traffic closings on 11th Street to begin Thursday

Workers will place girders for the 11th Street Bridge project.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:45 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 07/31/2013

D.C. presents traffic plan for South Capitol Street

The District plans to rebuild the Douglass Bridge starting in late 2014.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:58 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anacostia Waterfront, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, South Capitol corridor, South Capitol Street

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Metro riders' alert: A week of track work ahead

Four lines are affected by weeknight track work. This weekend, the big impacts of the rebuilding program will be felt on the Orange, Blue and Red lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:25 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, Weekend work, WMATA

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Several highway projects will affect D.C. area travel

Traffic volumes are lighter in summer, but that's prime time for roadwork.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:33 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Mark Center, Maryland Department of Transportation, Traffic tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Planning chief to discuss Metro's long-range goals

Shyam Kannan, director of Metro's planning office, will take your questions at noon.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:53 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Momentum, Shyam Kannan, WMATA

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 07/26/2013

D.C. not making friends with freeway work

A traffic-snarling project on I-695, already unpopular with drivers, is scheduled to enter a new phase Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:26 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Nationals Park

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Riders' Advisory Council calls for Metro track work timetables

The council chairman urged the transit authority Thursday to give customers a better idea of how long phases of the rebuilding program will take.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:27 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Metro to cut cost for SmarTrip card

As of Oct. 1, the plastic card will cost $2.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:43 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, SmarTrip, WMATA

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Transportation authority debates what commuters need and when

Northern Virginia panel spotlights basic transportation issues.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:58 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Transportation authority plans vote on N. Va. projects

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority plans to hold a public hearing Wednesday night.


By Robert Thomson  |  09:11 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Metro to set new rail service standards

The transit staff will ask the Metro board Thursday to approve standards for off-peak frequency and crowding.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:16 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Brake testing underway for new streetcars

The testing prepares the three vehicles for service on H Street and Benning Road NE.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 07/19/2013

I-95 work zones plentiful this weekend

Travelers in both Maryland and Virginia should be aware of several work areas that could slow them down significantly.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:49 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Weekend road work

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Metrorail changes schedules for weekend track work

All stations will be open, but trains will share tracks on several lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:12 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Tips for traveling in this week's heat

Here are some survival tips for rail and road commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:09 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Driving, Heat, Hot weather, Metro, Safety, WMATA

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The week ahead: Heat, HOT lanes and Metro work

Silver Spring, Tysons, Laurel, Capitol Hill

By Robert Thomson  |  09:27 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Deparatment of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 07/12/2013

The weekend and beyond: McCartney at Nats Park, Bastille Day celebration, rail and road delays

Metro will work on three lines. The biggest road project is on I-95 in Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:03 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Weekend warning: I-95 South overnight shutdowns in Northern Virginia

No road work zone deserves as much monitoring as where the 95 Express Lanes are being built.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:32 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Time running out for motorists with unpaid Md. tolls

Time is running out for motorists to pay off their toll debt in Maryland under a new state law targeting cheaters.

By Katherine Shaver  |  06:29 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 07/10/2013

More drivers use Beltway express lanes, report says

Operator says traffic increased more than a third in March-June quarter.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:12 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 07/08/2013

The week ahead: Metro schedules, Silver Line work, lane closings

Traffic continues summer decline, but road crews are active.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:50 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Guide for July 4 and weekend travel in D.C. area

These travel tips should help ease the trip to Independence Day events.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:14 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Independence Day, July 4, Metro, traffic, transit tips, WMATA

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Some stunned that anyone has positive view of Metro

Skeptics cite their own problems with transit service.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:50 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Transportation poll, WMATA

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 07/01/2013

The week ahead: Holiday travel, July 4 schedules

The commute has begun to calm for the summer, there will be plenty of travel in the D.C. region this holiday week.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:27 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DASH, Dr. Gridlock Column, Fairfax Connector, Getaways, Independence Day, July 4, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, SoberRide, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, VRE, WMATA

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 06/28/2013

The weekend and beyond: Golf, soccer, road projects, Metrorail work

Even as many launch summer vacations, road and rail crews are stepping up their activity.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:14 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Virginia asking private sector for ideas on I-66 improvements

Ideas include converting the HOV lanes to express toll lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Interstate 66, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Metro to ease up on weeknight track work

The transit authority is going to narrow the window for weeknight work on the tracks.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:17 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Metro riders need to see results

Metro's rebuilding schedule is a story by engineers written for other engineers, not riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Virginia to allow travel on Beltway shoulder

Many Beltway commuters will welcome this move.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Gov. McDonnel, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Metro to work on all five lines this weekend

While Metro managers are as relentless as ever with the weekend track work program, they have adjusted their strategy.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:44 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, Weekend track work, WMATA

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/24/2013

The week ahead: Higher speeds in HOT lanes, Silver Line construction, Metrorail work

With many outdoor activities scheduled for this week, watch for lane closings and Metrorail work.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:46 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The weekend and beyond: Metro work on two lines, Interstate lane closings in Virginia

Highlights of weekend slowdowns, plus some summer driving tips.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Getways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 06/20/2013

HOT lanes project helped I-66 drivers at Beltway interchange

But an I-66 driver who occasionally uses the Beltway interchange wants to know where to exit.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:12 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Metro updates schedule for major track work

Riders are likely to see similar updates till 2017.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 06/17/2013

The week ahead: Metro work schedules, road work plans

Road crews are busy. Metro has some late night work, plus a big Red Line project for the weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:58 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Transportation

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/14/2013

The weekend and beyond: Soccer, Metro delays, road work, summer driving tips

It's a great Father's Day weekend for local travelers, with the Metrorail work as the main -- but not the only -- source of delays.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bay bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Metro should set public deadlines for rebuilding effort

Two years into the Metrorail rebuilding program, it's impossible for the general public to tell whether it is working.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:07 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 06/10/2013

The week ahead: More Silver Line work, some new traffic patterns

Watch for lane closings in the Tysons area, and in D.C., Metro has late-night work on all lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:38 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Q&A on Virginia's parkway proposal for outer suburbs

These are the Virginia Department of Transportation's responses to frequently asked questions on the bi-county parkway.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bi-county parkway, Dr. Gridlock, virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Manassas meeting didn't sell, or defeat, parkway project

An opera hall was the right setting for community vs. government drama.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:27 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bi-county parkway, Dr. Gridlock, virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 06/02/2013

The week ahead: June work zones, traffic hot spots, highway hearings

Congestion may decrease as vacations season starts, but work zones are more active.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:12 PM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 05/31/2013

The weekend and beyond: many festivals, much Metrorail work, new bridge ramps

A sultry and soupy weekend will see many traffic generating festivals. Metro will work on all lines. D.C. is opening new ramps on the 11th Street Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:31 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/29/2013

More robust transportation plan on view Wednesday for Virginians

Virginia's long-range plan has more money, because of the new transportation spending law.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commonwealth Transportation Board, Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Airport, virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/24/2013

The weekend and beyond: Memorial Day events, getaways, Metro delays

A long, cool weekend for the D.C. area includes concerts, parades and festivals. Almost all road work is suspended, but Metro will work on two lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Memorial Day, Rolling Thunder, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/20/2013

The week ahead: Plenty of road, rail work before Memorial Day rush

Metrorail is working on all lines at night. The Silver Line project is busy, as are the highway departments.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Memorial Day, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Metro weekend work is relentless, and still disruptive, riders say

Managers are pretty much sticking to the aggressive program they outlined in 2011, despite the complaints.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:26 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metrorail, Weekend work, WMATA

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 05/17/2013

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, I-95 work, festivals, Capitol Hill race

Metro is working on three rail lines. The major road work delays are likely to be on I-95 south of D.C.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:22 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Capitol Hill Classic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Taste of Arlington, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 05/16/2013

D.C. activating another special pedestrian crossing

Pedestrians can activate the red light signal by pushing a button at this Cleveland Park crossing.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Pedestrian safety

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Tips for Friday's Bike to Work Day

Drivers and pedestrians will be sharing the D.C. area's roadways with cycling convoys.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:13 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bicycling, Bike to Work Day, Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The week ahead: Chinatown crowds, I-95 paving, Silver Line work

Metro has late-night work on all lines. Road and transit projects are active throughout the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:06 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 05/10/2013

The weekend and beyond: playoff hockey, Race for the Cure, Metro rebuilding, HOV closings

The Race for the Cure and the Police Week 5K are likely to cause congestion in downtown D.C. on Saturday morning.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Nationals, Race for the Cure, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Purple Line plan would narrow traffic on University Boulevard

Today's six-lane roadway would be narrowed to four lanes in the Langley Park area, with the light rail line in the middle.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:37 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, maryland transit administration, Pedestrian safety, Purple Line

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Maryland to update public on Purple Line progress

Five open houses are scheduled to discuss the as yet unfunded transitway across Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:38 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, maryland transit administration, Purple Line

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Metro weekend work to affect four lines -- again

It's getting difficult for riders to tell the weekends apart during these years of maintenance disruptions

By Robert Thomson  |  04:05 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metrorail

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/06/2013

The week ahead: Late-night Metrorail delays, Silver Line lane closings

Riders may encounter week night delays on four Metro lines. Drivers should watch for lane closings in Tysons and along Route 267.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/03/2013

The weekend and beyond: Metro work on four lines, charity run Sunday, bridge closing

Travelers also should watch for I-95 delays in Northern Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Race for Hope, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Streetcars arrive in D.C. for testing

The District's first streetcars in half a century have finally made it into the city, if only for testing.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:05 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Mayor Gray inaugurates new D.C. pedestrian crossing

Mayor Gray offered a personal demonstration and some individual coaching for pedestrians using new crossing signal.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Mayor Gray, Traffic safety

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Rider says Metro managers don't understand day-to-day concerns

Dr. Gridlock says Metrorail can be restored and can be made better. Riders don't need to choose.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metrorail

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/29/2013

The week ahead: Metro late-night work, Beltway lane closings, Silver Line construction

Metro has an extensive schedule of late-night track work. The region's road work program is picking up after the winter lull.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 04/26/2013

The weekend and beyond: Road and rail work, special events

Metro's maintenance program will affect all five rail lines, but there's also a lot of road work across the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:15 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Half Marathon, Lupus Walk, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Metrorail working on four lines this weekend

The major track work for this weekend is on the Red Line, but other reconstruction and maintenance projects will be underway on the Blue, Orange and Green lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dr. Gridlock; Cherry Blossom Festival; Metro; WMATA; District Department of Transportation, Metro

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/22/2013

District launches annual pothole-fixing campaign

The District looks for Facebook friends and Twitter followers to help it patch pavement.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Potholepalooza

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/22/2013

The week ahead: sports crowds, road work, transit meetings

Some road construction projects are starting, and so is the District's pothole-patching campaign.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Fairfax Connector, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Riders' Advisory Council, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/19/2013

The weekend and beyond: Extensive Metrorail work, soccer at RFK, bridge projects

After Friday night storms, the weekend looks good for outdoor activities. But watch out for track work on all Metrorail lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, bay bridge, D.C. United, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Transportation Authority, Metro, RFK Stadium, traffic, transit tips, WMATA

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Metro riders do care about appearances

Metro's plan to use Bethesda as a lab for redesigning station looks is encouraging.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Metro resuming weekend work on all lines

The biggest impact is likely to be on the Red Line, where the Judiciary Square station will be closed.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:34 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Beltway express lanes operator adds map, and some drivers

The express lanes' Web site has added a good old-fashioned printable map to satisfy some travelers. Meanwhile, traffic increased during the year's first quarter.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:51 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Emancipation Day traffic rules in D.C. on Tuesday

All the normal rush hour traffic and parking restrictions will be in effect, but some other rules are suspended.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Emancipation Day

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The week ahead: Emancipation Day rules, road work, Fairfax bus meetings

Travelers will need to watch the weather, as well as numerous lane closings for road work and special events.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Emancipation Day, Fairfax Connector, Metro, Silver Line, Streetcars, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 04/05/2013

The weekend and beyond: blossom festival events, free ride on Beltway express lanes

The cherry blossoms are nearing full bloom, drawing crowds to the Tidal Basin. Will drivers be drawn to the toll-free ride on the 495 Express Lanes?

By Robert Thomson  |  09:44 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, Cherry Blossom Festival, d.c. circulator, Dr. Gridlock, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Virginia celebrating completion of Wilson Bridge project's last phase

A Thursday afternoon ceremony will mark completion of the Telegraph Road interchange, the project's final phase.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:36 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Telegraph Road, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Beltway signs to advertise free weekend for drivers in 495 Express Lanes

Wording the signs for Virginia's high-occupancy toll lanes is complicated by legal and practical concerns.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban, Tysons

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Travelers need to lobby for congestion relief

Maryland is reworking its 20-year transportation plan and inviting the state's residents to say what they would like to see it do.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Gas tax, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 04/01/2013

The week ahead: Nationals baseball and cherry blossom bloom bring crowds to D.C.

Watch for crowding throughout the coming week on the streets near the Tidal Basin and on Metro as the cherry blossoms reach their predicted peak bloom.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:18 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Capitals, Cherry Blossom Festival, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Nationals, Nationals Park, traffic, transit tips, Verizon Center, Virginia Department of Transportation, Wizards, WMATA

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Beltway express lanes offering drivers a free weekend

All drivers can use the lanes for free from 12:01 a.m. this Saturday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. No E-ZPass will be required.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:57 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Arlington driver's 10-minute commute solution shows D.C.'s traffic problems

The George Washington Parkway to 14th Street bridge to the District: How many things can go wrong?

By Robert Thomson  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge; Commuting, 14th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Humpback Bridge

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/29/2013

The weekend and beyond: baseball, basketball and blossoms

Expect crowds in D.C. for Cherry Blossom Festival events, a Nationals exhibition on Friday and NCAA basketball on Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Cherry Blossom Festival, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Nationals Park, NCAA basketball, traffic, transit tips, Verizon Center, WMATA

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Getting to Nationals-Yankees exhibition baseball

The Washington Nationals will be home for a preseason game with the Yankees at 2:05 p.m. Friday in Nationals Park.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:18 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Nationals Park, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Metro replacing its old mobile Web site

The transit authority announced Thursday that it is upgrading its mobile display and adding some features.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:12 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Travel tips for the Sweet 16 basketball playoffs at Verizon Center

The east regional playoffs are scheduled for Thursday night. Many fans use transit to reach Verizon Center events.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:52 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, NCAA basketball, NCAA playoffs, Verizon Center, WMATA

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/25/2013

The week ahead: buses, blossoms, basketball, baseball

Commuters are adapting to many bus changes. Meanwhile, the D.C. region begins a very active week for sports events and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Cherry Blossom Festival, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Nationals, Nationals Park, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, Wizards

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 03/22/2013

The weekend and beyond: Cherry blossom festival events begin, downtown run Sunday

With the major festival events beginning, Metro has temporarily suspended its weekend track work program.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:16 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock; Cherry Blossom Festival; Metro; WMATA; District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation; Virginia Department of Transportation;, traffic, transit tips

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Power line down on Route 7 near Tysons

Power line down near Tysons Corner

By James Arkin  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting, Dr. Gridlock, morning traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 03/18/2013

The week ahead: Cherry Blossom Festival, elephant walk, new Fairfax Connector expresses

Because the festival brings extra crowding, Metro won't be doing any major weekend track work until late April.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:46 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossom Festival, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 03/11/2013

What options do riders have when Metro stalls?

Dr. Gridlock's readers used his online chat Monday to vent about the morning's delays on Metro, and what riders might do about future delays.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:29 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 03/11/2013

What's causing extra slow traffic at D.C.'s 11th St. Bridge

The District's reconstruction of the 11th Street Bridge remains a work in progress. In the morning, drivers jockey for position on the inbound freeway span, and that slows traffic from several directions.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:11 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Traffic tips

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 03/11/2013

The week ahead: Seeing more daylight, road and transit work, Silver Line meetings

When the clouds clear later this week, watch for the effects of daylight saving on your commutes. Also, check on some upcoming road and rail work.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:27 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cherry blossoms, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/08/2013

The weekend and beyond: Fine weather, soccer at RFK, lots of Metro work

Road work plans are limited, but Metro crews will work on all lines. Sports activities are highlighted by the home opener for D.C. United.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:21 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, Capitals, D.C. United, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, RFK Stadium, traffic, transit tips, Wizards, WMATA

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Getting to RFK Stadium for the 2013 D.C. United season

Fans approaching from I-395 for RFK's Lot 8 will need to detour this season. For Saturday's home opener, Orange and Blue Line riders should be aware of Metro's track work plan.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, capital bikeshare, D.C. United, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, traffic, transit tips, WMATA

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Beltway trip led through several climate zones

A counterclockwise trip around the Capital Beltway took Dr. Gridlock through many of the road conditions that this snowy day has in store for drivers.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Beltway 495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Snowquester, snowstorm, Virginia Department of Transportation