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Get There: May 7, 2006 - May 13, 2006

Getaway Day

It's Friday, it's spring and it's beautiful, which means we're all trying to get out of town and traffic will probably be a nightmare. The question is: When will it be a nightmare? Used to be that you could count on traffic being really bad sometime around 3 or 4 in the afternoon until sometime around 7 or 8. But it got so bad at those times that lots of folks started leaving earlier in the day or at odd times. So now you don't know when you're going to hit the bad stuff. I was stuck in just awful traffic between Washington and Fredericksburg on the morning and early afternoon of Good Friday, but I sailed right out of the city at 5 o'clock that evening with no trouble at all. Ditto for my ride to Chantilly, through Leesburg and on up to Pittsburgh. And that's been the case...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 12, 2006; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Welcome, my fellow commuters and traffic sufferers, to Get There, the blog that helps you, well, get there. We here have dedicated our lives to dealing with Washington's traffic mess and offer our humble selves to tell you everything you want to know about the daily commute, transportation debates, projects, theories and myths. Basically, we'll tell you why traffic in this area bites. (Short answer: that jerk in the BMW in front of you.) But who are we kidding? We know you just want to vent about the guy in the condo-sized SUV who cut you off this morning. We welcome that too, especially if you make us laugh. After all, if you didn't laugh about traffic then it would just be an awful, time-wasting, family-ruining, sanity-killing, rat-maze of a thing to do and we know that can't be the case. So talk to us. We'll be here every day,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 11, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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