Robert Thomson

ColumnistWashington, D.C.

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Increasing congestion, more travel options and better technology encouraged car-free commuting.

  • Sep 19, 2014

Taking the one-day pledge could raise awareness about the D.C. region’s many alternatives to solo driving.

  • Sep 19, 2014

Many festivals and 5K runs are scheduled for this weekend, but there’s no event likely to cause a major traffic disruption.

  • Sep 19, 2014

The redesign in Arlington County is better for traffic. And it’s artsy, too.

  • Sep 17, 2014

Laws are meant to give police, emergency responders a bit more safety from fast-moving traffic.

  • Sep 17, 2014

Paving will close interstate lanes overnights for up to four weeks.

  • Sep 17, 2014

Marked vehicles will check the tolling system, but the express lanes are not yet operational.

  • Sep 17, 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.

  • Sep 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.

  • Sep 15, 2014

Transit plans for next decade evolving. Public meetings underway.

  • Sep 15, 2014
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About
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.
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