Robert Thomson

Dr. GridlockWashington, D.C.

The latest from Robert

Metrorail is in the midst of dramatic changes in its operating schedule. Riders need to research them.

  • Jul 23, 2014

As opening day nears, county wants travelers to make the most of big investment in transit.

  • Jul 23, 2014

The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock, Robert Thomson, will be online to take all your questions about Metro, traffic throughout the region and other transportation issues.

  • Jul 22, 2014

The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock, Robert Thomson, will be online to take all your questions about Metro, traffic throughout the region and other transportation issues.

  • Jul 22, 2014

This morning’s ride may offer tips for rest of the week.

  • Jul 21, 2014

This week’s Metrorail changes were pondered more than a decade ago.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Silver Line testing this week means a different view from platforms on four of the other five lines.

  • Jul 20, 2014

Reworking the bus routes was challenging, but he says he has no doubt that the rail line will be popular.

  • Jul 19, 2014

Virginia officials are attracted to the idea, but the case for express lanes isn’t proved.

  • Jul 18, 2014

  • Jul 18, 2014

Adding HOT lanes is among the top traffic and transit concepts under study for I-66 in Northern Virginia.

  • Jul 17, 2014

Adding HOT lanes is among the traffic and transit concepts under study, with major decisions planned for next year.

  • Jul 17, 2014

Fairfax board chairman touts advantages of all five new Metro stations.

  • Jul 16, 2014

It’s not just rude, they say. This behavior is life-threatening.

  • Jul 16, 2014

The 95 Express Lanes will be an unusual experience, even for drivers familiar with the Beltway express lanes.

  • Jul 16, 2014

Train schedules will change even before new line opens.

  • Jul 15, 2014

Fairfax County’s transportation director answers questions about new transit service.

  • Jul 15, 2014

The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock, Robert Thomson, will be online to take all your questions about Metro, traffic throughout the region and other transportation issues.

  • Jul 14, 2014

The Silver Line could tap a senior market, and Metro needs to reach out to potential customers.

  • Jul 14, 2014

The District says it is finished with the warning phase for drivers parked in the streetcars’ path.

  • Jul 14, 2014
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About Robert

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.