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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 got a decent idea of the issues confronting our region. But I've been very fortunate on my commuting during most of that time: I had a 20-minute trip on the Red Line to get to work at The Post's main newsroom in downtown Washington.

This column thing will be very different. One of my goals in the early going will be to share the pain with you on the rails and the roads.

I'll get back on the blog throughout the week and tell you what I've been seeing. Please tell me what I'm missing and what else you think I should try, so I'll be ready to start handling the questions and suggestions that readers have been making in the Dr. Gridlock column.

-- Robert Thomson

By Robert Thomson  |  July 24, 2006; 8:28 AM ET
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