Michael Laris

Washington, D.C.

Transportation reporter

Education: Stanford University, BA in political science

Michael Laris writes about the transformation of the U.S. transportation system. He has covered government accountability and was a reporter in Beijing.
Latest from Michael Laris

F-16 flier sent to intercept plane saw pilot slumped over before crash

Experts said publicly available flight data suggests the pilot had fallen unconscious and that the plane was flying on autopilot until it ran out of fuel.

June 5, 2023

798,000 Maryland license plates display link to Philippines gambling site

About 15% of registered vehicles in Maryland have the plates, which were meant to commemorate the War of 1812 but are now creating a headache for officials.

June 2, 2023

Boeing Max families can seek damages for victims’ suffering in the air

The decision was the latest in a multiyear legal fight between families of the dead and Boeing.

May 31, 2023

Potomac Yard Metro station, decades in the making, opens in Alexandria

The new stop on the Blue and Yellow lines is Metro’s 98th station, located between the Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road stations.

May 19, 2023

George Washington Parkway overhaul will bring delays through 2025

All traffic will be squeezed onto one side of the divided parkway, giving workers the space to overhaul the road, barriers, bridges and overlooks.

April 19, 2023

D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge in line for $72 million makeover

The District Department of Transportation said the $90 million project is needed to address “urgent safety and state of good repair concerns.”

April 13, 2023

Where are the worst drivers, best restaurants in the D.C. area? The poll data are in.

The poll set about trying to shed light on that question and a handful of others, including whether Northern Virginia, the District or its Maryland suburbs have the best restaurants, schools, shopping or parks.

April 7, 2023

Biden’s FAA nominee withdraws after Sinema scuttles committee vote

Republican senators said Phillip Washington lacked the aviation safety experience required for the job.

March 27, 2023

Flight problems, not turbulence, found in death of former White House official

The flight was marked by a series of missteps, alerts and system issues before the plane lurched violently in the sky, killing Dana Hyde, the NTSB said.

March 24, 2023

Senators question Norfolk Southern CEO on safety record, Ohio commitments

Senators pressed Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw to make clear commitments to support bipartisan safety legislation after the Ohio train derailment in East Palestine.

March 22, 2023