Robert Thomson
Robert Thomson
Columnist

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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Dr. Gridlock

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.

VDOT sets new hearings on HOT lanes

VDOT sets new hearings on HOT lanes

Three hearings in March replace the ones postponed after the blizzard.

Traffic, transit tips for Super Bowl weekend

Traffic, transit tips for Super Bowl weekend

The weather outlook is good for local travel, but be careful with those Sunday evening football parties. And check the Metrorail schedule.

We need to accept urban trails as part of the commuter network

We need to accept urban trails as part of the commuter network

The National Park Service is studying how bike trails could become part of snow-clearing plans.