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Dr. Gridlock: December, 2012

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 12/31/2012

What are your picks for the top transportation developments of 2012?

Help Dr. Gridlock complete this year in review by adding your choices for the most significant transportation developments of 2012.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:37 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, 495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/31/2012

The week ahead: Holiday transportation reminders

These special traffic and transit schedules could affect your New Year's planning.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, New Year's, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Northbound Route 355 reopens hours after six-car accident

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  accident, rockville, route 355

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/28/2012

24 busy hours on Metro a baby, a deer, a robber and a bus crash

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  12:07 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, metro; wmata; metrorail;, WMATA, wmata; metro, wmata; metro; metrorail

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/28/2012

The weekend and beyond: storm warnings, Sunday night football, holiday schedules

With almost all road and track work suspended for the long holiday weekend, the main obstacle to weekend travel is likely to be Saturday's weather.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Woman goes into labor on the Red Line

The passenger was taken to a local hospital. No word on whether she had the baby.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:10 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, WMATA

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Redskins fans will be out late Sunday

Neither weather nor holiday traffic is likely to be a factor in getting fans to and from FedEx Field on Sunday night. Metrorail will stay open late.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:45 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, Redskins

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Time to get serious about preparing for winter travel

Plain rain will win out this afternoon, but Wednesday morning's commute through the wintery mix was enough to call out some seasonal advice to travelers in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:02 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, driving, traffic, transit tips, winter weather

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Metro to have some delays on holiday weekend

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:17 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Metro to stay open later for Sunday's Redskins game

Metro to stay open later for Sunday's Redskins game

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  10:11 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrorail, Redskins, WMATA

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Christmas and New Year's transit, transportation changes

Here's what you need to know for getting around the region on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

By Mark Berman  |  07:36 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holiday Transit

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/21/2012

The weekend and beyond: Preparing for holiday getaways and final shopping

Almost no road or transit work is scheduled for the D.C. region during the holiday weekend, as people launch their holiday getaways or finish their Christmas shopping.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic, transit tips

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Highway crews readying for western Maryland snow

While we're likely to see rain only in the D.C. area, drivers heading west may face blizzard conditions.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Getaways

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Social networks vs. our less sociable commuters

Web sites, apps try to link drivers and riders for commutes, but Washington motorists prefer going solo.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:01 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Lanes reopen on I-95 South at Dale Boulevard

Interstate 95 South is closed at Dale Boulevard in Virginia following a crash Thursday morning.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  08:06 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.M. traffic, I-95, Morning commute, morning traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Metro board to add new travel policy

Metro board to add new travel policy

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  03:09 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Metrorail on holiday break from major weekend work

Only the Green Line will experience some delays over the next two weekends.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:41 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Drivers: We need more information on Beltway express lanes

The new Beltway lanes baffle some potential customers.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:05 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Tysons, Virginia Department of Transportation

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

New 11th Street Bridge ramp opened Wednesday afternoon

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

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

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Accidents cause delays on I-395

Two accidents on Interstate 395 North are causing significant delays this morning.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  07:20 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.M. traffic, Beltway, I-395, Morning commute, morning traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/18/2012

D.C. preparing to open new highway link

The District plans overnight closings of the freeway lanes leading to the 11th Street Bridge's outbound freeway span.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 06:27 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Outer loop of Beltway jammed at Connecticut Avenue

Delays on the outer loop extend about 6 miles following an early morning crash.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  06:27 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.M. traffic, Beltway, Morning commute, morning traffic, traffic

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Speed limits going up on four more D.C. streets

The District on Tuesday is going to raise slightly raise the limit on four more streets that are well-known to commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:32 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Capital Bikeshare eyes expansion in 2013

Capital Bikeshare looks to add another 54 stations in D.C. by March, which will give the District more than 190 stations in all eight wards.

By Mark Berman  |  05:40 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bikeshare, capital bikeshare, capital bikeshare d.c., capital bikeshare stations, capital bikeshare washington

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Major delays at BWI and in the Northeast

Fog is creating massive delays at BWI Airport and elsewhere in the Northeast.

By Mark Berman  |  05:14 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, baltimore airport, bwi, bwi airport, bwi delays, dca, dca airport, dca delays, iad, iad airport

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Cracked rail creates Red Line delays

A cracked rail on the Red Line created delays for several hours on Monday, the second such incident in the last week.

By Mark Berman  |  02:57 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrorail, red line, WMATA

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Person struck by train at Fort Totten

A person was reportedly struck by a train at Fort Totten, leading to delays on the Green and Yellow Lines

By Dana Hedgpeth and Mark Berman  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/17/2012

The week ahead: New bridge ramp, late-night Metro work

Road and transit projects continue during the week before Christmas, but the biggest development in road work is a good one for commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, SoberRide, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Major Metro work on Yellow, Green Lines

Metro has work planned on four of its five lines, with multiple stations closed on the Yellow Line.

By Mark Berman  |  06:40 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, metro delays, metro work, Metrorail, WMATA

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 05:50 PM ET, 12/13/2012

"Conquering the Commute" conference liveblog

We're liveblogging a Washington Post Live conference on transportation and commuting.

By Mark Berman  |  05:50 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  biking, Commuting, congestion, driving, Metro, public transit, transit, Transportation

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Google Maps returns to iPhones

More than two months after Apple kicked Google Maps off of iPhones, Google has released its own map app.

By Mark Berman  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple Maps, google iphone, google map app, Google Maps, google maps iphone, ios, ios 6, iphone, iphone 5, iphone update, Maps

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Red Line riders slowed by cracked rail near Bethesda

Red Line trains are single-tracking due to a cracked rail near Bethesda, creating delays in both directions.

By Mark Berman  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bethesda, Metro, metro delays, Metrorail, red line, red line delays, WMATA

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 12/13/2012

SoberRide returns for the holidays

Short summary of story

By Mark Berman  |  02:47 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, SoberRide

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Beltway express lanes causing a learning curve for drivers

On I-495 Express Lanes, commuters are unsure when and where to make choices on lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, beltway express lanes, Dr. Gridlock, express lanes, virginia express lanes

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 08:37 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Metro switch project to disrupt Green, Yellow lines this weekend

The big project is a switch replacement, affecting the Green and Yellow lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:37 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Outer loop lanes reopen at I-66

The outer loop of the Beltway is closed at I-66 following an accident.

By Mark Berman  |  05:55 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway, beltway accident, beltway crash, outer loop

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

Bethesda to be rattled by daily blasting

By Lori Aratani  |  04:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development, development; bethesda; downtown bethesda; parkig

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Walter Reed intersection improvements in Bethesda funded by feds

Maryland received $18.3 million to improve intersection at Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road.

By Katherine Shaver  |  01:43 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  brac, Montgomery County, montgomery county traffic, walter reed, walter reed national military medical center

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Tony Griffin appointed to MWAA board

Former Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin has been appointed to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  metropolitan washington airports authority, mwaa

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Mice spotted at BWI Airport

Mice have been reported at BWI Airport, prompting an investigation from health officials.

By Mark Berman  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bwi, bwi airport, bwi mice, bwi mice health, bwi mice inspectors, bwi rodents

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

D.C. showcases potential taxicab color schemes

The District's taxicabs are all going to come in a single color scheme. Some of the potential colors are being showcased online and at the Verizon Center.

By Mark Berman  |  03:36 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  d.c. cab colors, d.c. cabs, d.c. taxis, taxicabs, taxis, The District

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/10/2012

MARC's Inauguration Tickets go on sale next week

The Maryland Transit Administration will be running a limited schedule of trains on Inauguration Day, and tickets go on sale next week

By Mark Berman  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MARC, marc inauguration, marc inauguration service, marc inauguration trains

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Amtrak breaks Thanksgiving ridership record, again

Amtrak reported that a record-breaking number of riders boarded its trains during the Thanksgiving travel week.

By Mark Berman  |  11:24 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amtrak, amtrak ridership, amtrak thanskgiving

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 12/10/2012

The week ahead: express lanes, slow lanes, Metro projects

Some of the usual trouble spots remain, but watch out for the unusual ones: the temporary traffic congestion around the big shopping areas

By Robert Thomson  |  09:57 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Car drives into Adams Morgan McDonald's

A car drove into the McDonald's at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan.

By Mark Berman  |  06:02 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  adams morgan, adams morgan mcdonald's, adams morgan mcdonald's car, car building adams morgan, D.C. traffic, The District

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/07/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, FedEx football, parkway projects

There's some road work around the D.C. region this weekend, but the major source of travel delays is likely to be Metro's maintenance program.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, Metro, National Park Service, Ravens, Redskins, traffic, transit tips, WMATA

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

Metrobus driver seen at the wheel with a newspaper in hand

WMATA investigating Metrobus driver steering with newspaper in hand after rider submits video

By Lynh Bui  |  10:07 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bus, Metrobus, newspaper, Unsuck DC Metro, WMATA

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Major Red Line delays

Heavy delays on the Red Line could snarl the Thursday evening commute

By Mark Berman  |  04:49 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrorail, red line, WMATA

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Redskins-Ravens rivalry to draw more regional traffic to FedEx Field on Sunday

The traffic flow to Landover may be slightly different this Sunday, but it's all in the Maryland family as the Ravens visit the Redskins.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, Maryland Department of Transportation, Ravens, Redskins

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Metro to evaluate transit police needs

Short summary of story

By Luz Lazo  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Police, District of Columbia, Maryland, Metro, transit, transit police, virginia, WMATA

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Christmas tree lighting ceremony will snarl downtown D.C. traffic

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is going to create major headaches for drivers in downtown Washington.

By Mark Berman  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  christmas tree, christmas tree ceremony, christmas tree ceremony traffic, christmas tree lighting, christmas tree lighting ceremony, D.C. traffic, national christmas tree

Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Outer loop delays after truck carrying pineapples overturns

One lane of the outer loop is closed this morning after a tractor-trailer overturned near the I-270 split in Montgomery County.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  05:45 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.M. traffic, Beltway, I-270, Maryland traffic, Morning commute, morning traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/05/2012

McDonnell talks transportation at Tysons conference

Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) stressed the importance of transportation and infrastructure in an address at a transportation conference Wednesday.

By Mark Berman  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Silver Line plan will give some riders the blues

The Metro staff proposes a further cut in Blue Line service when Silver Line trains are added.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Silver Line, WMATA

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Montgomery County Council member proposes cutting ICC tolls

A Montgomery County Council member has asked transportation officials to halve tolls on the Intercounty Connector, saying lower tolls would attract more motorists to the highway.

By Katherine Shaver  |  10:23 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ICC, Intercounty Connector, intercounty connector maryland

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Crashes snarl inner loop of Beltway in Virginia

A pair of crashes are blocking lanes on the inner loop of the Beltway in Virginia.

By Mark Berman  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beltway, beltway virginia, beltway virginia i-495, capital beltway, i-495 accident, i-495 crash, tractor trailer

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/04/2012

L Street bike lanes officially opened

Mayor Gray, other transportation officials and many cyclists turned out to officially open the L Street bike lanes in Northwest Washington.

By Mark Berman  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bike d.c., bike lanes, bikes, biking, l street bike lanes, l street nw bike lanes

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Public meeting in SE to address rock-throwing attacks on Metrobuses

A public meeting on Monday night will address potential service changes in a Southeast Washington area where Metro says buses are routinely hit with rocks and bricks.

By Mark Berman  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, metro meeting, Metrobus, public meeting metro

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Metro launches Twitter feed for the Inauguration

Metro will have 300 "ambassadors" on hand to help customers and visitors to the nation's capitol for President Obama's second inauguration.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:59 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrobus, Metrorail, Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/03/2012

Normal Red Line service restored after man struck, dragged by train

Red Line trains are not stopping at Union Station after a rider was hit by a train arriving at the station.

By Mark Berman  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrorail, red line, union station, WMATA

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/03/2012

The week ahead: Monday night football, Thursday night tree lighting

The weather outlook is good for Monday night football in Landover and Thursday's National Christmas Tree lighting. It also means road crews will be very active.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

 

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