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Get There Archive: holiday travel

The weekend and beyond

Highway departments in the D.C. region pull up their orange barrels for the Memorial Day weekend getaway and the get-back. I've got some suggestions on the best times for you to be traveling and the routes to take to popular destinations. And whether you're sticking around for the weekend or just thinking about next week, check the local activities and the road and rail projects that may slow you down.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 28, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , Weekend Work , highways , holiday travel , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Amtrak steps up security

Amtrak passengers will see more police at stations and on trains from New Hampshire to Virginia as part of a drill to test counterterrorism and incident response capabilities.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 27, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , holiday travel  
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Summer driving tips

Like many of the transportation officials and advocates who attended the Wednesday morning groundbreaking for the HOT lanes operations center, John B. Townsend II of AAA Mid-Atlantic was late. Everybody got stuck in the traffic jam caused by a serious accident on I-395. Townsend, who was there to raise awareness for the Orange Cones. No Phones campaign against distracted driving, used the personal experience to make a point.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 27, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving , Getaway , distracted driving , highways , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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Summer travel tips, southbound

For travelers in the D.C. area who are planning their vacation getaways into or through Virginia, I have some advice from the Virginia Department of Transportation.These include tips for traveling during the Memorial Day weekend, as well as the summer.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 27, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving , Getaway , highways , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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Tips on timing getaways

Many travelers and many transportation experts offer tips on safe and relatively painless trips during the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. It's striking that they almost always cite this advice: Picking your route is only part of the job. Picking the time you travel is at least as important.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 27, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Driving , Getaway , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Planning summer getaway routes

Here's advice I've collected from travelers and personal experience on reaching some of the most popular summer vacation destinations for people in the D.C. region. This is about routes, but of course, that's not the only issue drivers face in planning their getaways. Later today, I'll also have some other tips for travelers.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 27, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Driving , Getaway , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Holiday halts highway work , Washington Post Editors , May 25, 2010
Planning summer getaways, Robert Thomson , May 24, 2010
Ash may disrupt summer travel, Michael Bolden , May 13, 2010
Flooding may cause Amtrak delays, Michael Bolden , April 1, 2010
Alexandria changes tour bus rules, Washington Post Editors , March 30, 2010
Amtrak makes discounts permanent, Michael Bolden , March 30, 2010
Longer meter season in Rehoboth? , Michael Bolden , March 29, 2010
Southwest: Full service at BWI Friday, Michael Bolden , February 11, 2010
Virginia road crews ready storm defenses, Robert Thomson , December 30, 2009
Virginia holiday traffic deaths rise, Michael Bolden , December 29, 2009
The week ahead in traffic and transit, Robert Thomson , December 28, 2009
Metro prepping for a black-ice Christmas, Christopher Dean Hopkins , December 24, 2009
The weekend and beyond (holiday edition), Robert Thomson , December 24, 2009
Gas Is Available on I-95 in Maryland, Ashley Halsey , December 23, 2009
MARC updates holiday schedule, Robert Thomson , December 23, 2009
DC Circulator bus announces holiday plan, Robert Thomson , December 23, 2009
Here's the MTA commuter bus schedule, Robert Thomson , December 23, 2009
Metro sets its Christmas schedule, Michael Bolden , December 23, 2009
Take Metrobus to BWI and Dulles, Michael Bolden , December 23, 2009
Metro extends hours for New Year's Eve and Day, Robert Thomson , December 22, 2009
Chicago source of severe air travel delays, Michael Bolden , December 22, 2009
Road conditions improving throughout region, Ashley Halsey , December 20, 2009
Metro adding airport buses for holiday getaway, Robert Thomson , December 18, 2009
Getaway planning gets complicated, Robert Thomson , December 18, 2009
SoberRide offers free travel during the holidays, Ashley Halsey , December 9, 2009
VDOT hoping to wrap up I-95 north widening, Robert Thomson , December 9, 2009
Delaware seat belt crackdown leads to 800 citations , Michael Bolden , December 8, 2009
Before you head to the airport, Mark Berman , November 29, 2009
Planning your return trip to Washington , Mark Berman , November 28, 2009
Fog delays end at area airports, Washington Post Editor , November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving Day transit schedules, Robert Thomson , November 25, 2009
Cloud cover causing airport delays in Northeast, Michael Bolden , November 25, 2009
A traveler's guide to Black Friday, Robert Thomson , November 25, 2009
Getaway alert: congestion at Bay Bridge, Robert Thomson , November 25, 2009
Weather delays affect some airports in the East, Michael Bolden , November 25, 2009
Airports report smooth morning, Michael Bolden , November 25, 2009
Driving tips for Thanksgiving Day, Robert Thomson , November 25, 2009
How to survive getaway day, Robert Thomson , November 25, 2009
Getaway: crossing Delaware for Thanksgiving, Robert Thomson , November 24, 2009
John Townsend of AAA to offer getaway advice, Robert Thomson , November 24, 2009
Getaway: more Metrobuses to the airports, Robert Thomson , November 24, 2009
Getaway: reaching the winter beach, Robert Thomson , November 24, 2009
Getaway: traveling west of Washington, Robert Thomson , November 24, 2009
The holiday getaway spreads out, Robert Thomson , November 24, 2009
Getaway routes: avoiding Delaware's toll, Robert Thomson , November 23, 2009
Thinking of Thanksgiving traffic, Robert Thomson , November 23, 2009
Today's read: a holiday driving prediction, Robert Thomson , November 19, 2009
Join discussion on getaway routes, Robert Thomson , November 17, 2009
Talking Thanksgiving travel, 2009 edition, Robert Thomson , November 3, 2009
Before the Summer Travel Memories Fade . . ., Robert Thomson , September 8, 2009
What's Ahead on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Ashley Halsey , August 31, 2009
Metro ridership record for July Fourth, James Hohmann , July 6, 2009
How to Survive Holiday Travel? Get Advice From an Expert, Washington Post Editors , July 2, 2009
Some Things About Getting Around on July 4, Robert Thomson , July 1, 2009
The Week Ahead in Traffic, Transit, Robert Thomson , June 29, 2009
Quieter Roadways but Bus Crash Remains, Michael Birnbaum , May 22, 2009
More on the bus crash on I-66 W, Michael Birnbaum , May 22, 2009
No Winning on I-66 Westbound, Michael Birnbaum , May 22, 2009
Live Travel Chat With AAA at Noon Today, Washington Post Editors , May 22, 2009
Morning Delays in Annapolis, Washington Post Editors , May 22, 2009
When the Shopping Starts, Robert Thomson , November 25, 2008
Alternative Holiday Routes, washingtonpost.com editors , November 17, 2008
Travel Advisories for July 4, Robert Thomson , July 3, 2007
Getting Around This Weekend, Robert Thomson , January 12, 2007
How Was Your Holiday Travel?, Robert Thomson , December 26, 2006
Advisories For the Holidays, Robert Thomson , December 21, 2006
Downtown Traffic For Tree Lighting, Robert Thomson , December 7, 2006
Gridlock-Fighting Shopping Tips, Robert Thomson , December 4, 2006
Sharing Holiday Travel Experiences, Robert Thomson , November 27, 2006
Seeking Holiday Travel Tips, Robert Thomson , November 1, 2006
The Backups Begin, Washington Post Editors , May 26, 2006
Getaway Day, Washington Post Editors , May 26, 2006
 
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