Dr. Gridlock - Robert Thomson
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Silver Line’s opening this summer creates new service for many, but it’s not a win for everyone.
 
Commuter praises Metrobus driver’s performance during traffic disruption
(The Washington Post, February 28, 2014; 4:00 PM)
 
D.C. region’s leaders will need to make tough decisions on financing Metro improvements
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2013; 8:00 PM)
 
Metro riders’ group debates essentials of a service pledge
(The Washington Post, August 9, 2013; 6:00 PM)
 
That long, somewhat strange trip to becoming ‘Dr. Gridlock’
(The Washington Post, April 1, 2017; 2:58 PM)
 
Are we there yet? Looking back over a decade of local travel
(The Washington Post, March 25, 2017; 2:56 PM)
 
Protecting other travelers is a full-time job
(The Washington Post, March 11, 2017; 3:08 PM)
 
When it comes to traffic law, speeders narrow their vision
(The Washington Post, March 4, 2017; 3:16 PM)
 
Fine-tuning fines is an overrated goal in traffic-safety program
(The Washington Post, February 25, 2017; 4:39 PM)
 
You don’t have to ride Metro to care about its future
(The Washington Post, February 18, 2017; 2:31 PM)
 
For Metro riders, 2017 is ‘Back2Good’ vs. ‘right-sizing’
(The Washington Post, February 11, 2017; 3:10 PM)
 
Metro repairs will again test riders’ patience in 2017
(The Washington Post, February 4, 2017; 2:23 PM)
 
Riders praise Metro’s performance during 2 straight days of stress
(The Washington Post, January 28, 2017; 2:35 PM)
 
Metro’s road to recovery sure can be discouraging
(The Washington Post, January 21, 2017; 2:28 PM)
 
Preparing for Inauguration Day’s travel adventures
(The Washington Post, January 14, 2017; 2:52 PM)
 
Private partner on I-66 deal is confident commuters will like HOT lanes
(The Washington Post, January 7, 2017; 2:56 PM)
 
Between the milestones: What local travelers think about
(The Washington Post, December 31, 2016; 4:35 PM)
 
For 2017, expect gridlock from unexpected places
(The Washington Post, December 26, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Stranger becomes a friend to driver feeling lost and desperate
(The Washington Post, December 24, 2016; 3:01 PM)
 
Last-minute travel tips for your Christmas getaways
(The Washington Post, December 17, 2016; 3:31 PM)
 
Metro board must decide if there’s light at end of SafeTrack tunnel
(The Washington Post, December 10, 2016; 3:25 PM)
 
When Metro board chairman Jack Evans says ‘we,’ he doesn’t mean you
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2016; 2:23 PM)
 
Q&A with transportation authority chair on Northern Virginia’s travel woes
(The Washington Post, November 26, 2016; 3:18 PM)
 
New suburban lifestyle needs new ways of getting around
(The Washington Post, November 12, 2016; 2:41 PM)
 
Rush-hour train cuts would ratify Metro’s decline for commuters
(The Washington Post, November 4, 2016; 10:39 PM)
 
Riders skeptical of Metro’s latest cut-service fix-it plan
(The Washington Post, October 29, 2016; 3:14 PM)
 
Metro riders like the cure, but aren’t sure about the medicine
(The Washington Post, October 22, 2016; 4:23 PM)
 
Researchers came up with a price tag for bad driving
(The Washington Post, October 15, 2016; 3:21 PM)
 
Driver suggested obeying the speed limit. Here are the responses.
(The Washington Post, October 8, 2016; 3:11 PM)
 
There’s no big fix for Metro, but there are a lot of little ones
(The Washington Post, October 1, 2016; 2:08 PM)
 
Whatever they call it, you pay more to go faster
(The Washington Post, September 24, 2016; 3:04 PM)
 
Confused by HOT lane rules? It’s not just you.
(The Washington Post, September 17, 2016; 3:32 PM)
 
Drivers to other drivers: You’re doing it wrong
(The Washington Post, September 10, 2016; 3:35 PM)
 
Don’t get a shock from September’s tougher commutes
(The Washington Post, September 3, 2016; 3:08 PM)
 
Drivers ask what’s ahead on Washington region’s highways
(The Washington Post, August 27, 2016; 3:17 PM)
 
On fixing Metro, reality mocks our optimism bias
(The Washington Post, August 20, 2016; 3:19 PM)
 
Drivers wary of HOT times ahead on I-66
(The Washington Post, August 13, 2016; 3:06 PM)
 
Virginia breaks ground on I-66 HOT lanes project, without the ground
(The Washington Post, August 6, 2016; 3:02 PM)
 
Survival tactics for driving and bus-riding through SafeTrack Surge No. 6
(The Washington Post, July 30, 2016; 3:09 PM)
 
SafeTrack so far: Surges worsened drivers’ commutes
(The Washington Post, July 23, 2016; 3:24 PM)
 
Getting to know what SafeTrack does — and doesn’t — do for Metro riders
(The Washington Post, July 15, 2016; 7:44 AM)
 
After more than half a century, bridge designer calls it quits. Maybe.
(The Washington Post, July 9, 2016; 3:08 PM)
 
Virginia looks for a breakthrough on East Coast congestion
(The Washington Post, July 2, 2016; 3:04 PM)
 
Commuter system bends, but doesn’t break, during Metro disruptions
(The Washington Post, June 25, 2016; 3:56 PM)
 
Commuters got pushed around during Surge #1 but adapted. Can they keep it up?
(The Washington Post, June 18, 2016; 3:10 PM)
 
Going to Nationals Park? Best to know the score about SafeTrack.
(The Washington Post, June 11, 2016; 3:39 PM)
 
It’s a slow, unglamorous path to a Metro makeover
(The Washington Post, June 3, 2016; 4:11 PM)
 
Expect the unexpected from Metro’s new track-work plan
(The Washington Post, May 27, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Metro’s rebuilding plan includes some familiar promises
(The Washington Post, May 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
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