Katherine Shaver

Montgomery County, Md.

Reporter covering urban planning and transportation issues

Education: Princeton University, BA in politics

Katherine Shaver is a reporter covering development and transportation issues. Since joining The Washington Post in 1997, she also has covered police, courts, education and Washington-area governments. She focuses on urban/suburban planning issues, construction of Maryland's light-rail Purple Line, and the region's aging water and sewer infrastructure.
Latest from Katherine Shaver

Toll lane critics cite possible flaws in Maryland traffic analysis

Opponents of widening I-270 and part of the Beltway say the federal government should order an independent review of the state's analysis.

July 12, 2022

Maryland election could decide fate of Beltway, I-270 toll lanes

If Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) doesn't clinch a key toll lanes contract before leaving office, the next governor could scrap the plan or scale it back.

July 1, 2022

Maryland says it could curb environmental effects of Beltway, I-270 toll lanes

A four-year study found Maryland could avoid or reduce environmental damage from highway widening, but critics say traffic improvements wouldn't be worth harming parkland, waterways and nearby communities.

June 17, 2022

Millions to travel for Memorial Day weekend amid record-high gas prices

Travel experts say two years of pent-up demand from the pandemic will spur an increase in summer trips even as gas prices and hotel rates rise.

May 26, 2022

Unions protest lack of labor agreement on Purple Line construction

A dispute over a “project labor agreement" comes as work on Maryland’s delayed light-rail project is scheduled to resume in August.

May 25, 2022

As office-centric downtowns struggle, suburbs cater to the laptop crowd

Developers are adding outdoor co-working space — bocce ball, anyone? — to attract remote workers to stores and restaurants.

May 25, 2022

MDOT again rejects bid protest on I-270, Beltway toll lanes design

The losing bidder on a contract to design highway toll lanes in Montgomery County is expected to again appeal MDOT's rejection of its bid protest to a judge.

May 22, 2022

Maryland Purple Line construction will resume in August, officials say

Most work on Maryland's Purple Line stopped in September 2020 when the contractor quit. Here's how the new construction team says it will complete the line by late 2026.

May 6, 2022

Maryland selects Bay Bridge as best site for new span

A state study found that building a third span within two miles of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge would relieve the most traffic.

April 21, 2022

New construction contract for Maryland’s Purple Line signed

Reaching "financial close" on the construction contract means major work can resume soon on the long-delayed light-rail project.

April 14, 2022