Robert Thomson
Robert Thomson
Columnist

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region. In addition to his twice-weekly newspaper column, he writes for a daily blog on The Post’s Web site, engages readers in online chats and presents features about transportation issues on The Post’s Sunday commuter page.

Thomson has been a reporter and editor for 30 years in New York and Washington. He joined The Post in 1988 and worked on the D.C., Maryland and Virginia desks. In 1999, he became The Post’s transportation editor. When Ron Shaffer, founder of “Dr. Gridlock,” retired from The Post in 2006, Thomson took over the column. He enjoys getting out of the office, even to drive at rush hour.

Latest by Robert Thomson

Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Bad weather or accidents that slow traffic can drive Beltway tolls above $11 for 14-mile trip.

Plans for D.C. HOT lanes still warming up

Plans for D.C. HOT lanes still warming up

Political, financial and engineering hurdles are formidable. Just ask Virginia.

Virginia doing away with E-ZPass fee

Virginia doing away with E-ZPass fee

Transportation department has till Sept. 1 to eliminate monthly charge.

D.C. HOT lanes plan will bump into reality

D.C. HOT lanes plan will bump into reality

Virginia’s experience showed complexity of creating managed lanes.