Robert Thomson

Dr. GridlockWashington, D.C.

The latest from Robert

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

  • Apr 19, 2014

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

  • Apr 17, 2014

Virginia’s experience showed complexity of creating managed lanes.

  • Apr 16, 2014

Average guy finds price is right, and you can skip the Spandex shorts.

  • Apr 16, 2014

Rush hour restrictions in effect, but some other regulations suspended.

  • Apr 15, 2014

The top toll has exceeded $11 for a full, 14-mile trip at rush hour.

  • Apr 15, 2014

The four-week break is over. Service on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines will be affected this weekend.

  • Apr 14, 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.

  • Apr 14, 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.

  • Apr 14, 2014

Travel on Massachusetts Avenue near the Third Street Tunnel will be even more challenging.

  • Apr 14, 2014

Council proposal would splinter transportation department into competing factions.

  • Apr 12, 2014

The parade, a festival highlight, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

  • Apr 11, 2014

Today’s leaders tend to blame troubles on predecessors.

  • Apr 10, 2014

Provides new route to Anacostia Freeway for Capitol Hill/Navy Yard traffic.

  • Apr 8, 2014

Work getting underway on interchanges, intersections, bridges and pavement.

  • Apr 8, 2014

MetroAccess users earned a win from Metro board by making their case over and over.

  • Apr 5, 2014

Projects sprouting now will affect commuters for much of 2014.

  • Apr 4, 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.

  • Apr 4, 2014

Milder weather brings out orange barrels along commuter routes.

  • Apr 4, 2014

Expect extra congestion Friday afternoon around South Capitol and M streets.

  • Apr 4, 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.