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What would you like to see?

During my online chat on Monday, a reader asked about what we post here on the Get There blog. I wanted our development and transportation editor, Michael Bolden, to describe the big picture, but he didn't get a chance while the chat was live. Here's what the reader asked and what Michael said in response. [We invite your comments about what postings you find most helpful and why.]

Q. Out-of-town Posts
What is up with the out-of-town posts on the Get There Blog? There have recently been post about a speed enforcement plane crashing in California and a transit official committing suicide among others. They may be interesting stories, but what impact do these items have on DC traffic and transit?

Now, I'm not complaining about the post about airport delays in New York or a Amtrak delays in New Jersey. These items can and do have impact on the local area.

Michael Bolden: Dr. Gridlock and the Post's transportation team cover what's happening on the roads and rails, in the air and on the waterways around the
Washington region. If it moves, we want to keep you informed about what's

Our goal is to warn you about the latest headaches that may affect your travels and projects that may affect your pocketbook.

We also realize that many of us are transients with interests in other places, so we'll provide transportation news from around the region and the country that is interesting, useful or thought-provoking.

We've also had some complaints about the traffic and incident information appearing on the blog because it sometimes has shelf life of just an hour or two. Our goal is to be usful and relevant to those among us who are interested in transportation issues, while providing as much utility as we can.

Of course, the blog platform allows us to be flexible in serving the interests and needs of the community, and we appreciate all of the feedback we get.

Keep reading, and we'll keep refining what we do.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 13, 2010; 7:38 PM ET
Categories:  Biking , Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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One item I'd like to see more discussion of is driving techniques. For instance, the NHTSA has recommendations on things like merging, when it's good to get over early and when it's good to merge like a zipper. I'd like to see this info passed into the general population and this seems as good a place as any for that to happen.

Posted by: gilmoredaniel | May 14, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a huge fan of the out of town flight stuff because I always think I've come to the wrong place. Perhaps the Flight Crew needs a blog and it would go better there?

Posted by: archers44 | May 14, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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