No Summer Vacation From Traffic Congestion

A midsummer morning on the Capital Beltway's inner loop, near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
A midsummer morning on the Capital Beltway's inner loop, near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. (By Tracy A Woodward -- The Washington Post)
By Robert Thomson
Thursday, August 17, 2006

This is still summer, right? It's that lazy lull when many Washingtonians enjoy something of a break from the traffic congestion and the train crowding that we help generate during the other three seasons.

While recently driving and taking trains and buses across the region, I've become aware that it still is crowded out there, even in August. It was crowded on Route 100 heading toward Interstate 95 southbound, and at Telegraph Road approaching the Wilson Bridge, and on Interstate 66 heading toward the Capital Beltway and on the No. 15 Ride On bus to Silver Spring from Langley Park.

It has been a summer jammed with construction work at the Wilson Bridge, Springfield Interchange, Route 29, the Roosevelt Bridge and other commuter arteries. Rail riders were not immune. MARC and VRE had the slows from time to time because the trains were subject to safety slowdowns whenever it got very hot. Metro continued a weekend track work program that disrupted or slowed service on many lines.

When I get back in from my little jaunts across the region and open up the mailbag, your frustrations with all of this spill out.

Some of you wanted me to be aware of how big the region is getting.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:


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