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.

Are we there yet? Looking back over a decade of local travel

Are we there yet? Looking back over a decade of local travel

Infrastructure has changed, but the biggest changes are in our ways of thinking.

Dr. Gridlock’s cherry blossom weekend travel tips

The Tidal Basin is likely to be a travel magnet this weekend, despite the diminished bloom.

‘Death spiral’? No. Metro is too necessary to fail.

‘Death spiral’? No. Metro is too necessary to fail.

We should accept that the D.C. region is wedded to its subway and mend the relationship.