About the Author

Welcome to the Baltimore-DC Traffic Frustration Blog.  This is a place where I will vent about my frustrations driving in the Baltimore/DC area, provide information, and provide solutions. 

I don’t profess to be an expert in transportation or in relieving traffic congestion.   However, I’ve been driving in this madness long enough to know when enough is enough.  I’ve had enough, and this is my way of trying to be a part of the solution rather than the problem.

I know they say that one person can’t make a difference.  But I am hoping that perhaps you will read this blog, leave comments, and share it with as many others as you can.  I know I’m not the only frustrated driver out there.  Together, we can all raise awareness and help to make a difference.

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  1. May 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Hi,

    Please feel free to share the link. The DC Government Live Traffic Alert site is updated daily primarily during the day work tour. Site is also updated in regards to weekend events. Hope his helps….

    http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/On+Your+Street/Traffic+Management/Live+Traffic+Reports

    Best,

    Eric

    • May 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Thanks so much, Eric, for this link! It should come in handy to those who commute in D.C. what with the new delays that will inevitably result from the reduced lanes on New York Avenue over the next several months.

      • October 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        OK…cool..Thanks for the Thanks…there is a new shortcut–here it is. http://ddot.dc.gov/traffic

        If I am not in, the site states this. Please feel free to share.

        Best,

        Eric

  2. Liz Farmer
    May 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Hi there!

    I am a reporter for the Washington Examiner and am looking for D.C. commuters to interview today (May 13) for a story I’m writing about upcoming road construction projects that will add to commuter frustrations.

    Can you call me at my desk: 202-459-4913 as soon as you get the chance?

    Thanks!
    Liz Farmer

  3. Eve
    October 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Hi,

    I work on behalf of DC radio station WTOP who is currently conducting a lot of interesting polls on DC/VA/MD traffic and commuting issues. Would love to share the information with you! Please email me your contact info at eve@maroonpr.com.

    Thank you!

    Eve

  4. Heidi McLain
    June 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Do you have any idea why the BW Parkway traffic is almost always slow and heavy northbound between the Beltway and Laurel (and perhaps beyond…). Is it because of Arundel Mills/Maryland Live! Casino? In normal traffic, the fastest route to my home in Laurel by the hospital from DC is the Parkway to the Powder Mill Road exit, but traffic is never normal in that section of the Parkway, it seems…Thanks!

    • June 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Hi, Heidi!

      I drive on BW Parkway quite frequently. There are a few things at work that are contributing to the slow and heavy traffic seven days a week on this road. The most obvious is the sheer volume of traffic as there are only two ways to go northbound/southbound in this entire area — a travesty in and of itself.

      Another reason is that many slower drivers choose to stay in the left lane even though they are actually inhibiting the natural (and more expeditious) flow of traffic. If drivers are more aware that they are actually CONTRIBUTING to the problem, maybe they would move over to the right lane when traffic is moving more expeditiously.

      And, something that many people aren’t even aware of, is that BW Parkway is very hilly. In fact, almost all of the Baltimore-Washington area’s highways have some pretty steep grades. Many vehicles don’t have the necessary powertrain it takes to accelerate on a hilly section and maintain highway speeds. In order for traffic to continue to flow at the same rate, drivers need to ACCELERATE when approaching the bottom of these steep grades.

      A lot of the traffic delays we experience in this area are totally unnecessary. We desperately need to educate drivers on these issues. Frequent and strategically placed/worded signage would reinforce these efforts and remind drivers so that we can all achieve better outcomes.

      Thanks for your question!

      Nneka

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