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Get There: July 23, 2006 - July 29, 2006

Riding the DC Circulator

From Dr. Gridlock: Just got back from a test ride on the DC Circulator. I'm now a fan. It would be a bargain at the normal fare of a dollar, but you can't beat today's free ride, part of the celebration of the service's first anniversary. There are three routes through the center of Washington. I took the east-west route, starting my trip at 16th and K streets NW, riding down to Union Station and then looping back to the service's westernmost point at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street in Georgetown. Interior of the DC Circulator. (Robert Thomson) Now I know my experience so far is limited, but I can tell you that buses came along very frequently -- definitely within the advertised range fo five to 10 minutes apart. The only way I noticed you could tell that today's ride is free is to see the red cover on...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2006; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ride the Circulator for Free Today

From Dr. Gridlock: Good day to check out the downtown bus routes known as the DC Circulator. Today, it's free. Part of the celebration of its first anniversary in service. Normally, it's a pretty good bargain: $1 flat fare. There's an east-west and a north-south route and a loop around the Mall. The east-west runs between Georgetown and Union Station and the north-south between Water Street and the Convention Center area. Buses run every five to 10 minutes, so there's no posted schedule. The vehicles are a very interesting design, not typically seen around here. Think I'll go out and try one now. Curious about whether the passengers are tourists or locals or a mix. Seems like it would be very useful to both....

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2006; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro and Baseball

From Dr. Gridlock: The Metro transit authority puts out an interesting Top Ten List every time ridership on the rail system is high enough to break into that category. Baseball -- 2006 Nationals baseball -- is cited by Metro as an important contributing factor in four of the current Top Ten entries. The highest ranking ballgame date on the Metro list is Tuesday, June 13, when the Nationals lost 9-2 to the Colorado Rockies. On that date, which ranks at number 6 on the Top Ten list, 786,843 trips were taken on Metrorail. Next up, at number 7, is Friday, June 16, when the New York Yankees beat the Nats, 7-5. (I took Metro to RFK Stadium for that sellout, and thought downtown service to Stadium-Armory worked well. Can't talk about the post-came crowd, because I had to leave early. My wife is a Red Sox fan, and hates to...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2006; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Alert for Weekend Metro Riders

From Dr. Gridlock: Metro has posted its latest advisory on the service disruptions that will occur this weekend during track work on the Blue and Red lines and rail car testing on the Green Line, so I thought I'd share those. We always try to publish some of this in The Post, but I can give you more detail here. Looks like the work on the Blue Line will have the most impact on riders. This is what Metro says: Blue Line: Starting Friday at 10 p.m. and continuing to midnight Sunday, Metrorail will operate special six-car shuttle trains sharing one track between the Franconia-Springfield and King Street stations. Passengers traveling between these locations should add 35 minutes to their schedules. Once a shuttle train arrives at the King Street Metrorail station, passengers will need to transfer to a Blue or Yellow Line train at the King Street Metrorail station...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 27, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dr. Gridlock's Training Wheels

Fellow Commuters, This is Robert Thomson filling in again for Steve, while he's on vacation. I just got in from four hours on Metrorail. Not your typical commute, you say? I don't commute anymore. As soon as I start using any form of transportation, I'm on the case as the new Dr. Gridlock. Monday, I circumnavigated the Capital Beltway on the outer loop, with a little detour out into Fairfax County, because I wanted to experience Braddock Road, Arlington Boulevard and Lee Highway. I love the new Wilson Bridge. Things were a bit sticky around Telegraph Road. I did that part at 5:30 p.m. Today, I switched to transit: Red Line, Orange Line and Blue Line. Plan to do more this afternoon. Maybe the part of the Blue Line that I missed, down to Springfield, or out the Green Line to Greenbelt. I know it's different from the way you...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 25, 2006; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Sharing Your Commute

Steve said he was thrilled with the number of responses he got to his blog entry last week in which he asked you to write in if you would be willing to share the experience of commuting with us. He said he got about 50 responses from drivers, transit riders, walkers, bicyclists and motorcyclists. The variety of commutes and their geographical distribution was remarkable. Please standby, all you volunteers. When Steve gets back from vacation next week, we plan to review all those e-mails and start getting back to you. If you'll allow, I'd like to take on some of those commutes myself. I'm going to be the new Dr. Gridlock transportation columnist, starting this coming Sunday in The Post's Metro section. (Ron Shaffer, who began the Dr. Gridlock column 20 years ago, retired last month.) As the Metro section's transportation editor for most of the past seven years, I've...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 24, 2006; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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