Robert Thomson

Dr. GridlockWashington, D.C.

The latest from Robert

Traffic will be more congested on the west side of the District. All Metrorail stations will be open, but some Metrobus routes will have detours.

  • Jul 29, 2014

Signs at only a handful of stations will always display next Blue Line arrival times.

  • Jul 28, 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 28, 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 28, 2014

After the weekend’s joy-riding, commuting on the new Metro line gets serious.

  • Jul 27, 2014

While the transit agency celebrates, some riders will skip the dancing.

  • Jul 26, 2014

If you use SmartBenefits program, be sure it covers parking.

  • Jul 25, 2014

Riders follow rules and traditions. These tips will help you get along.

  • Jul 25, 2014

Riders complained they didn’t have information to make travel decisions.

  • Jul 25, 2014

Travelers want extensions to Centreville, Woodbridge, Baltimore and Southern Maryland. Don’t count on that.

  • Jul 25, 2014

No scheduled disruptions along new line’s route.

  • Jul 25, 2014

Will there be delays and breakdowns? Sure.

  • Jul 24, 2014

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

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
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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.