Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips: regional football, Metro delays, D.C. parking


Washington, D.C. parking meters. (Michael Williamson)
Robert Thomson
Columnist December 8, 2012
Redskins vs. Ravens

The traffic flow to FedEx Field in Landover may be slightly different Sunday, since the game is all in the Maryland family as the Ravens visit the Redskins.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Drivers should not encounter any highway roadwork to slow them down in Maryland.

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. View Archive

Because the visiting team is from Baltimore, look for a higher than normal portion of the game traffic heading south on Interstate 95.

Also, there may be more fans who are unfamiliar with the approaches to FedEx and the parking setup.

It’s always a good idea to get there early, but it may be an especially good idea this Sunday.

Metro track work

Fans who use the Blue Line’s Morgan Boulevard station to reach FedEx Field — and transit riders planning to attend other weekend events — should be aware that Metrorail has a very extensive program of maintenance work underway.

The work affects service on all lines, creating a complex service pattern. On the Red Line, free shuttle buses replace trains between Fort Totten and Glenmont. Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations are closed.

On the Green Line, buses will replace trains between Archives and Waterfront. There will be no Green Line service at L’Enfant Plaza. On the Yellow Line, there’s no weekend service between Fort Totten and Archives. Instead, Yellow Line trains are operating along the Blue Line route between Huntington and Eastern Market.

Orange Line trains are sharing a track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Blue Line trains are sharing a track between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.

D.C. parking summit

About 100 people attended a citywide forum Tuesday night on the District’s many parking issues. Angelo Rao, parking manager for the District Department of Transportation, handled clashing concerns very well, but the meeting illustrated the impossibility of pleasing everyone.

These are just a few of the issues raised at the forum: Churches, often located in residential areas, need parking for their members attending services, but neighborhood parking may be restricted to local residents only.

Local residents who live near entertainment zones say that when they return from a Saturday night out, they must cruise their streets in a seemingly endless search for a parking space.

Residents near transit-oriented housing developments with limited parking fear their streets are about to be flooded with more cars owned by newcomers who are less transit-oriented than hoped.

One thing everyone can agree on: The parking signs are confusing.

Bike lane lines

During my online chat Monday, a cyclist complained that the District’s resurfacing along Pennsylvania Avenue NW had erased the markings for the bike lanes.

District Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle said the District has been repaving the avenue in advance of January’s inauguration parade and was in the process of restriping it. The most complicated part of that process was the bike lane lines, but he expected they would be finished soon.

SoberRide returning

The annual Holiday SoberRide program, offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, will operate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night from this Friday through Jan. 1. The program is an invaluable aid in helping keep the roads safe by giving adults who have had too much to drink an alternative to driving home.

During SoberRide’s hours of operation, D.C. area residents can call the toll-free number, 800–200–TAXI, and get a ride home in a cab.

It’s free for the first $30 of the ride.

Last December, 2,032 people took advantage of the service.

For more transportation news, visit washingtonpost.com/transportation.

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