I write stories about how people live and work in the D.C. region for The Post's Transportation and Development Team.

The White House turkeys travel better than we do! (gobble, gobble)

washingtonpost.com — On Wednesday, President Obama and his daughters took part in the annual turkey pardoning ceremony. As the president noted, this is the seventh pair of turkeys who have been spared. The turkeys are provided by the National Turkey Federation. Following the White House ceremony they will head to a farm in Virginia.

If you want to use transit in Sacramento, be quiet and wear pants

washingtonpost.com — The transit agency that serves California's capital has adopted new rules aimed at making riding public transportation more, ahem, pleasant. That means no loud music and passengers who are covered "above and below the waist" reports Reuters. But a separate proposal to ban passengers with "noxious odors" was tabled, amid concerns from advocates for the disadvantaged.

Arizona’s DOT asks: Peas in your guacamole?

washingtonpost.com — During the holiday season we're inundated with messages about the dangers of drinking and driving. Well, the Arizona Department of Transportation found a novel way to make the point. Seizing on the Guacamole Made of Peas Debate of 2015, the department posted this tweet, which quickly picked up steam on Twitter.

Here’s a way for you to track Metro’s safety efforts

washingtonpost.com — The Federal Transit Administration, which recently took responsibility for safety oversight of Metro, has unveiled a new tool you can use to track the transit agency's progress in addressing myriad safety issues tied to its bus and rail operations.
Nov 25, 2015

RT @VLBenning: Here's a way for you to track Metro's safety efforts #WMATA wpo.st/ZZtr0

Nov 25, 2015

Attention, Metro wonks: new tool for tracking fed efforts to improve #WMATA safety efforts @loriara washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlo…

Thanksgiving getaway guide: You can get there from here, but slowly

washingtonpost.com — Each year, the Thanksgiving getaway gets more sophisticated, though not necessarily easier. A decade ago, we could tell you about the major bottlenecks travelers were likely to encounter on their holiday routes out of the D.C. area. Remember the big one at the Delaware toll plaza before it was rebuilt for highway speed E-ZPass?
Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving getaway guide: You can get there from here, but slowly. wapo.st/1Oq6Mrx

Nov 24, 2015

The best tips (and alternative routes) for your DC-area Thanksgiving travels wpo.st/0Ccr0

Five myths about Metro

washingtonpost.com — Forget the weather. In Washington, nothing beats the Metro for small talk, whether it's debating the subway's cleanliness relative to New York's, comparing wait times for trains or discussing the dramatic lead-up to the hiring of Paul Wiedefeld, former head of Baltimore's airport and now the leader of the Metro.
Nov 20, 2015

really enjoyed working with The Great @loriara on these myths about Metro. The Post has the best reporters washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-…

Terrorism fears magnify threats, real or imagined

washingtonpost.com — An alert is issued after four dark-skinned men with beards arouse suspicion at Metro's Pentagon station. Two flights are diverted for bomb threats and a third is halted after passengers engage in "suspicious activity." Motorists see a package fall from a truck and a major D.C.
Nov 19, 2015

"After incidents like the Paris terror attacks, we see these kinds of spikes in reports of flying while Muslim" wapo.st/1YjtDJK

Nov 19, 2015

RT @rhreid: Terrorism fears magnify threats, real or imagined, in US. Wave of anti-Muslim hysteria wapo.st/1Nf63My

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Highlights of Paul Wiedefeld’s contract with Metro

washingtonpost.com — Paul J. Wiedefeld will be Metro's 15th chief executive and joins the transit agency at a time when it is facing multiple challenges ranging from a loss of rider confidence to serious safety and financial challenges.

How does Paul Wiedefeld’s salary compare to other transit chiefs?

washingtonpost.com — It's official. Metro has a new general manager. After a protracted search the transit agency's board of directors on Thursday officially approved a contract with Paul J. Wiedefeld, the former head of the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Nov 19, 2015

How does Paul Wiedefeld’s salary compare to other transit chiefs? #WMATA wapo.st/1T1Uves

For Metro’s new chief executive, angry riders and stubborn problems await

washingtonpost.com — How long the honeymoon will last for Metro's new boss is anybody's guess. As of noon Thursday, shortly after the transit agency's governing board voted to hire Paul J. Wiedefeld as general manager, no one had yet created the Twitter handle @firepauljwiedefeld.
Nov 19, 2015

So now that he 's got the job, how long with Paul Wiedefeld's #WMATA honeymoon last? wapo.st/1MXn0Vp

Nov 19, 2015

“Believe me," @wmata's new CEO said, "I have very thick skin.” Chances are, he’ll need it. wpo.st/eaNq0

Nov 19, 2015

RT @jfdulac: “Believe me," @wmata's new CEO said, "I have very thick skin.” Chances are, he’ll need it. wpo.st/eaNq0

Nov 19, 2015

Here's one encouraging thing about new @wmata GM: He's not afraid of the media, unlike the agency's first choice: washingtonpost.com/local/traffica…

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Nov 28, 2015

RT @capitalweather: A break in the showers but more on the way later. Still pretty nice out there -- 59 at National, 60 at Dulles @ 6pm.

Nov 28, 2015

For Obama, a new shopping haunt: Upshur Street Books. wapo.st/1Tesq33

Nov 28, 2015

NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records ends Sunday. wapo.st/1So9kHt

Nov 28, 2015

RT @capitalweather: Lots of clouds this AM but a few breaks possible today. Temps in low 50s at the moment. Should gain at least another 10 degrees through PM!

Nov 28, 2015

RT @capitalweather: Saturday's digit: 7/10 - Continued warmth is nice. Skies are quite grey though, and a growing shower risk with time. Ian, CWG

Nov 27, 2015

Secret Service: Man who scaled White House fence wanted to die. wapo.st/1NTlcxn

Nov 27, 2015

Suspect in custody following shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs - wapo.st/1RbEDHa

Nov 27, 2015

He said, ‘All right, let’s do this.’ Then he jumped the White House fence. wapo.st/21iAyoW

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