Dr. Gridlock: Travel


Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Thousands of flights canceled in the Northeast

A storm that could drop several inches of snow in the Northeast has snarled air travel, canceling thousands of flights.

By Mark Berman  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 01/15/2014

American drops direct Reagan National flights to 17 cities

Airline was required to give up dominance of Reagan under merger deal.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  04:14 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Winter storm snarling travel, delays expected to continue Friday

As a winter storm looms for the Northeast, scores of flight delays are already impacting travelers, with headaches expected to continue on Friday.

By Mark Berman  |  05:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, traffic

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Winter storm wreaks havoc on air travel, brings brutal cold to Northeast

A winter storm shrouded much of the Northeast in snow and and frigid cold, leading to thousands of delayed or canceled flights and massive travel problems.

By Mark Berman  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

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

Travel misery continues with thousands of flights canceled, delayed

Passengers are encountering yet another day filled with flight cancellations and delays, the latest in a string of days snarled by winter weather.

By Mark Berman  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Thousands of flights canceled, delayed by brutal cold

Frigid cold enveloped the U.S., creating massive problems for travelers and forcing the cancellation or delay of thousands of flights.

By Mark Berman  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/27/2013

What, no lines at the airport?

TSA trumpets its success by tweeting photo from Reagan National

By Ashley Halsey III  |  01:24 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airport, airport security, Holiday travel, reagan national, Transportation, TSA

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/21/2013

FCC to propose allowing cellphone calls during flights

Travelers can now keep their phones on throughout flights. Soon, they may be able to make cellphone calls and access data during flights.

By Mark Berman  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Airlines

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Spirit offers timely Toronto-themed promotion

With Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the news following his admission that he smoked crack cocaine, Spirit Airlines is offering cheap flights to the Toronto area alongside the phrase “WE’RE NOT SMOKING CRACK.”

By Mark Berman  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Cheap flights

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Thanksgiving getaway guide 2013: Advice for long-distance travelers

Here are some tips on when to travel and what pitfalls may lurk along your holiday routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:17 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Getaways, Travel tips

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

Read the report that told the FAA to change electronic device rules

The Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to allow passengers to use electronic devices during taxiing, takeoff and landing was based on a report issued last month by an advisory group. Read the report here.

By Mark Berman  |  05:05 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, faa

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Grab those Turkey-Day airline tickets now

“Thanksgiving airfares are on the rise, and each day that you dilly-dally around and fail to book will cost you five dollars more.“

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:27 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air fares, Air Travel, Airlines, bwi, dulles, national, plane tickets, thanksgiving flights, thanksgiving travel

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/23/2013

It’s BWI in a photo finish

BWI airport had region’s most on-time flights in August, with Dulles International and Reagan National close behind.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airline statistics, Airports, bwi airport, dulles international, late arrivals, late flights, on-time airlines, on-time flights, reagan national, Transportation, travel data, travel statistics, who is on time

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Gusty thunderstorms cause flight delays in D.C., New York and Boston

Heavy rain and wind has resulted in delays at airports in Washington, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Baggage charges, other fees here to stay

Airline executives appearing at the National Press Club on Tuesday said fees for bags, additional leg room and other elements of the flying experience are here to stay.

By Lori Aratani  |  01:47 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Flight insurance may not be a bargain

Consumer group warns travelers to read the fine print when they buy flight insurance

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  airline insurance, Airlines, flight insurance, Flying, national consumers league, ticket insurance, travel insurance

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 09/12/2013

BWI reopens to flights after lightning strike, delays snarl air traffic throughout Northeast

The airport’s air traffic control tower has grounded flights at BWI due to a possible lightning strike.

By Mark Berman  |  03:35 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, bwi airport

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

TSA has an app for that

The Transportation Security Administration has an app that offers information about airport delays and a way to e-mail TSA representatives questions.

By Lori Aratani  |  09:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, Holiday travel, travel apps, TSA

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Hitting the road this weekend? Join the crowd

More people tell AAA they plan to travel this weekend than any Labor Day weekend in four years

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:07 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AAA, aaa forecast, labor day travel, travel forecast, Weekend Travel

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 08/21/2013

AA flight attendents add wine pairing to their repertorie

American Airlines' flight attendants can now help you choose a wine to accompany your meal.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:40 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Airlines, American Airlines

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 07/05/2013

TSA joins Instagram to show off items discovered at checkpoints

The TSA has begun posting photos of inert grenades, knives and stun guns to the photo-sharing service.

By Mark Berman  |  01:24 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, TSA

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Don't fly with fireworks

By Lori Aratani  |  04:23 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  4th of july travel, Airports, transportation security administration, TSA

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Plane leaving Reagan National veers off runway and gets stuck in mud

The passengers have been off-loaded from the Delta flight and crews are working to move the plane's wheels.

By Mark Berman  |  05:44 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Airports

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Flight from National Airport to Miami diverted to Dulles

An American Airlines flight departing Reagan National Airport on Friday afternoon was diverted to Dulles International Airport due to an unusual odor in the cockpit.

By Mark Berman  |  06:40 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Airlines, American Airlines

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Plane lost power twice before crashing in Herndon last month

An initial report filed by federal investigators showed that the plane lost power twice before smashing through the roof of an apartment building.

By Mark Berman  |  04:45 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Aviation

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Major delays at D.C. airports

The storm that just tore through the Washington region was relatively brief, but it is significantly impacting air travel.

By Mark Berman  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, bwi airport, Dulles Airport, national airport

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/07/2013

The Weekend and Beyond: Prepare for long Metro waits and street closures

The weekend will get off to a rainy start, while events will close many D.C. streets and Metro work will lead to long waits.

By Mark Berman  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Travel, Weekend and Beyond

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 06/06/2013

TSA won't allow knives on planes after all

The TSA has decided to scrap a controversial proposal that would have let travelers carry small knives onto planes.

By Mark Berman  |  02:45 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, TSA

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Heat restrictions could lead to MARC, VRE delays

Trains will operate at reduced speeds due to the heat, which could lead to some delays on MARC and VRE trains.

By Mark Berman  |  01:21 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MARC, Rail travel, VRE

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Legislation would allow some pets on Amtrak

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has introduced legislation that would allow some pets to travel via Amtrak.

By Lori Aratani  |  09:01 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  amtrak, denham, pets, Travel

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Man with Tourette's kept off flight at National

A man with Tourette's syndrome was kept off of a flight leaving Reagan National Airport last week because he said "bomb" during the check-in process.

By Mark Berman  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, national airport

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Read the court filings from a lawsuit to block FAA furloughs

Airline groups have file suit to seeking to block the FAA from furloughing air traffic controllers.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, sequester

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Flights delays possible due to furloughs

Flights delays possible due to furloughs

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  06:56 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/16/2013

American Airlines flights grounded for hours [Updated]

All American Airlines flights are grounded until 5 p.m. due to an issue involving the airline's reservation system.

By Mark Berman  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, american airlines

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

House panel examines sequester's impact on air travel, security

House subcommittee seeks answers on the impact of sequestration on the flying public.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, TSA

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Samoa Air charges travelers based on weight

The small and relatively new carrier Samoa Air charges travelers based on how much they and their luggage weigh.

By Mark Berman  |  01:10 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airfare

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Loaded gun found at National Airport checkpoint

A traveler was cited after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage at National Airport.

By Mark Berman  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, national airport, TSA

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/22/2013

FAA to close 149 airport towers, including several near D.C.

The Federal Aviation Administration will close 149 airport control towers early next month, including at least six in the Washington region.

By Mark Berman  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, faa

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

Walking-cane sword surprises everybody at Dulles

Flyer told the TSA she didn't know that her trusty cane had a sword concealed inside.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airport, dulles, security, TSA

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 03/18/2013

TSA cautions college kids about key lime pie

TSA cautions college kids about key lime pie

By Ashley Halsey III  |  04:49 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, TSA

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013

TSA head stands by plan to let travelers carry small knives

The head of the TSA, appearing before a Congressional hearing on Thursday, reiterated support for the agency's plan to allow small knives and similar objects onto planes.

By Mark Berman  |  06:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, TSA

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Hundreds of flights canceled as snowstorm looms

With a snowstorm approaching Washington, hundreds of flights already have been canceled.

By Mark Berman  |  03:19 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, Snowquester, snowstorm

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Aviation officials, employees bracing for sequester

The sequester begins on Friday, and aviation officials and industry workers warned about the potential for major delays and other travel headaches.

By Mark Berman  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, sequester

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 02/26/2013

No planes, but lots of federal money

The looming sequester could snarl air travel nationwide. But the cuts won't touch a small airport in Oklahoma.

By Mark Berman  |  12:08 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, sequester

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Midwest snowstorm creates headaches for air travelers

A massive snowstorm wreaking havoc across the Midwest has created major problems for air travelers, so many airlines have been waiving fees for changing tickets.

By Mark Berman  |  12:52 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, snowstorm

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Man out of a job after being accused of slapping a crying child on a flight

An Idaho man accused of slapping a crying child aboard a flight and using a racial slur is out of a job. This is one of the more recent -- and extreme -- examples of the stress that parents and passengers can encounter when young children are cooped up in airplane.

By Katherine Shaver  |  01:25 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airlines

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/14/2013

What does the American-US Air merger mean for you?

Here's what the US Airways-American Airlines merger could mean for flights out of National Airport, fares and more.

By Mark Berman  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airlines, american airlines, us airways

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Airlines cancel flights, Amtrak and other transit halted as blizzard looms

As a blizzard bears down on the Northeast, airlines have canceled thousands of flights, while Amtrak and other transit agencies are limiting or halting service.

By Mark Berman  |  02:11 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blizzard, Nemo, transit, Travel

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/28/2013

TSA regularly finds loaded guns, hand grenades and more

The TSA regularly finds loaded guns, grenades, swords and other miscellaneous weaponry on people going through airport security. Including cannonballs, somehow.

By Mark Berman  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, airports, TSA

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Spate of headaches for troubled Dreamliner

Three problems in as many days, including a fire on an empty plane in Boston, have revived concerns about Boeing's Dreamliner jet.

By Mark Berman  |  06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  787, Air Travel, Airports, boeing, dreamliner, dulles, Dulles Airport, reagan, reagan airport

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 12/13/2012

More Americans traveling this holiday season, AAA reports

More than 93 millions are expected to travel during the holiday season, a slight increase over the year before, according to AAA's travel forecast.

By Mark Berman  |  05:50 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aaa, Holiday travel, holiday travel forecast

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Preparing for the holiday travel season

Dr. Gridlock sat down with Lon Anderson of AAA MidAtlantic to discuss traveling during the holidays.

By Mark Berman  |  11:39 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aaa, aaa mid-atlantic, Dr. Gridlock, holiday getaway, Holiday travel, holiday travel advice, holiday travel forecast, holiday travel information, holiday travel tips, robert thomson

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 11/21/2012

The Thanksgiving getaway so far

DR. GRIDLOCK | Things were quiet this morning on the region's roads and at area airports.

By Mark Berman  |  04:45 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  baltimore airport, bwi, bwi airport, dca, Dulles Airport, holiday getaway, Holiday travel, I-270, I-395, I-66, I-95, iad, maryland roads, national airport, reagan airport, Thanksgiving, Virginia roads

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Transit changes for Columbus Day

Monday is Columbus Day, which means service changes for commuter trains and buses.

By Mark Berman  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arlington Transit, Commuter bus, commuter rail, DASH Bus, Fairfax Connector, Holiday schedules, Holiday Transit, Holiday travel, Loudoun County Transit, MARC, Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, OmniRide, RideOn, TheBus, VRE, WMATA

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Labor Day transit and transportation changes

As with any holiday weekend, changes are coming to roads, Metro and other transit systems.

By Mark Berman  |  03:19 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  weekend travel, roads, metro

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Amtrak offers sale to New York

Amtrak has a sale on fares between Washington and Baltimore to New York City for travel from March 13 to April 4.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amtrak, Rail Travel

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Preparing for airport getaways

Metro riders were reporting in Twitter messages this morning that the transit system and the streets around stations seemed less crowded. Perhaps it's a sign the holiday exit already has begun, though I'd watch for extra congestion throughout today and Thursday around the malls. The Capital Weather Gang's forecast shows good getaway weather through Christmas Eve, though the forecast for the weekend remains unsettled.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways, Getaways, Getaways, Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/20/2010

What's best Christmas route south?

Dear Dr. Gridlock: I plan on driving south to Columbia, S.C., on the 23rd for the holidays (leaving 8-9 a.m.). I haven't left this late because I was a student, so I'm not sure what to expect. How bad does I-95 get before Christmas? I'm thinking of taking I-81 to I-77 to bypass 95 just in case. What would you recommend? Rachel Dolan

By Robert Thomson  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Tips for December getaways

A traveler injects a bit of advice about taking an I-95 alternative that I frequently recommend to those who want to avoid the East Coast's Main Street at holiday time. And we take this opportunity to share some updates on the upcoming getaway.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:30 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Maryland's 'Move Over' law

This traveler's message to me started off with some holiday getaway guidance, but then took an unfortunate turn: "On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I avoided I-95 and took Route 301 through Maryland. There was no traffic and it was a very nice drive, with one exception. I got a ticket for failing to move one lane to the left when passing a state police car parked on the right shoulder. I must pay a $110 fine!

By Robert Thomson  |  09:25 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Your Thanksgiving getaway questions

My online chat Monday drew dozens of questions and comments about the Thanksgiving getaway. These are some I didn't get a chance to address then.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:15 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Thanksgiving's biggest bottleneck

What do Thanksgiving travelers fear the most: An airport pat-down, or Delaware? If we did a poll, I think Delaware would win in a landslide. The pat-down is over faster. Driving through the I-95 toll plaza in Delaware this week could take hours. We've talked a lot about the impending congestion and avoidance techniques. Here's a summary of what we know now, but we'll post any developments as the big travel week continues.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:40 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers departing for their Thanksgiving holidays at midweek are likely to encounter some bad weather, the Capital Weather Gang says. The highway departments should have pulled up their orange barrels by Wednesday afternoon, but that still leaves the concrete barriers and the lane shifts. Many others will stick around the D.C. area and start their holiday shopping at local malls on Friday. So today, we'll concentrate the look ahead on the long distance and local travel obstacles connected to the holiday. We'll have much more on this as the week evolves.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Advisories, Advisories, Advisories, Advisories, Advisories | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead, travel tips

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Metro's Thanksgiving service to airports

Metro provides transit service to the D.C. region's three airports, but has no specific plans to boost that service for the Thanksgiving getaway and return. Instead, Metro officials say they will monitor the number of people using the trains and the B30 and 5A airport buses, and add service if needed.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metro, Metro, Metro | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 11/16/2010

On to Richmond for holidays

A traveler from the D.C. area looks for advice on a holiday getaway driving south. Is there anything better than another ghastly trip in heavy traffic along I-95 between Washington and Richmond?

By Robert Thomson  |  09:45 AM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Navigating northeast for holidays

Avery Comarow of Montgomery County sent me this question about holiday travels, and both he and I could use your advice: "We're driving to Maine, and our priority is getting there as quickly as possible. We've done this trip many times, but I've never been satisfied that we've taken the best route."

By Robert Thomson  |  08:15 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2010

Avoid holiday driving dangers

Traffic experts, and experienced drivers, recommend that people make their holiday escapes at off hours. I also recommend this, as you can see in my Thinking of Thanksgiving travel posting today. But to do that safely, there are several issues to consider.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 08/18/2010

Navigating from D.C. to Carolinas

During my online chat Monday, a traveler asked about conditions to the south on Interstate 95, but a little too far out of my range. So I asked readers to help out with their advice. This was the full question: Heading south: I am planning to drive to Charleston, S.C., next Sunday for work. I make trips down to the Carolinas two or three times a year, but this is the first time I've gone this far in one shot. On my past few trips to either North Carolina or the northern part of South Carolina, I've taken Route 29 through Virginia, which takes me down to Greensboro, and I was thinking of that route again this time (mostly to avoid I-95). My question for you and other chatters is, what is 29 like past Greensboro? Is it still a nice trip into South Carolina, or should I consider going to I-85 and I-77 once in North Carolina?

By Robert Thomson  |  09:30 AM ET, 08/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Getaways, Getaways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 07/28/2010

Stopping at dark intersections

When power outages occur and traffic signals fail, I've often urged drivers to treat darkened intersections as all-way stops. Now, I see John B. Townsend II at AAA Mid-Atlantic is noting that Maryland has no law requiring that.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:05 PM ET, 07/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Driving | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, travel tips

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 07/07/2010

Paving planned at Antietam

A popular destination for tourists from the D.C. area is about to encounter its own little traffic problem. Paving is set to begin next week on the tour roads through the Antietam National Battlefield in western Maryland.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:46 PM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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