Robert Thomson

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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 6, 2015

Transit staff is asking if we’ll accept more crowding in exchange for greater reliability on schedules.

  • Jul 3, 2015

Metro’s proposal to widen the gaps between trains may help on-time performance, but also could increase crowding, even on the Blue Line.

  • Jul 2, 2015

The inner loop shoulder lane is about to open for rush-hour traffic.

  • Jul 1, 2015

Whether you stay local or go long distances, don’t let these traffic obstacles spoil the fun.

  • Jul 1, 2015

With extensive street closings, Metrorail is a best bet, despite the crowding around fireworks time.

  • Jul 1, 2015

Before the heavy traffic starts on Thursday, check these likely bottlenecks, potential alternatives and timing advice.

  • Jun 30, 2015

Riders raise this possibility because they’re desperate for better service. But forget that goal if the motive is profit.

  • Jun 29, 2015

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.

  • Jun 29, 2015

Saturday’s weather will put a damper on local travel, as the World Police and Fire Games get underway. Watch for Metro delays.

  • Jun 26, 2015
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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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