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Martin Di Caro

Transportation Reporter

Di Caro has been WAMU's transportation reporter since February 2012. He covers local and regional issues challenging the residents of the heavily-congested, transit-friendly Washington metropolitan area. Martin often focuses on how transportation, land use, and public policy converge to shape the face of the region and the lives of its traffic-weary residents. Before coming to Washington, Di Caro worked at some of the most popular radio stations in the country's largest media markets. As a general assignment reporter at New Jersey 101.5 FM he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best New Series after reporting on the severe illnesses suffered by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in D.C. and New York.


Articles Written by Martin Di Caro

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Here is some advice for motorists on H Street Northeast in Washington: beware the streetcar. Day in, day out, streetcars are whirring up and down H Street, until this happens: ...
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“They are trying to destroy our business.” Mention Uber to any taxi driver in Washington, D.C. and those words may form his response. “They are not legal. They don’t have a license to work in D.C. They take our fares,” continued the cabbie who pulled over and chatted with a reporter in the Columbia Heights neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. Uber h...
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For the sixth time since 2009 Metro has augmented bus service on one of the region’s busiest mass transit routes — 16th Street Northwest in Washington, where its S line buses carry more than 20,000 passengers per day. On Monday, Metro deployed additional 60-foot articulated coaches, replacing five standard 40-foot buses each hour during the peak travel times, in an effor...
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Metro’s efforts to regain the confidence of the riding public was dealt another setback last week upon the announcement by federal prosecutors in D.C. that the transit authority agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. While making measurable progress in improving the reliability of its track and signaling infrastructure, Metro’s financial manag...
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With so many construction sites in Washington, pedestrians and bicyclists often find themselves face-to-face with signs that read "sidewalk closed," and sometimes there's no safe way to walk around it. But that is supposed to change soon. A fine example of what's wrong with pedestrian safety in D.C. can be found about two blocks north of the Van Ness Metro station in Northwe...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission unveiled a plan to bring vehicle-for-hire services to underserved neighborhoods in the form of “courtesy vans,” a concession by officials that most regular cab drivers will continue to refuse to go to certain areas of the District — mostly poorer, minority neighborhoods east of the Anacostia — despite the law requiring taxis serve all parts of the c...
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Three weeks after Metro’s Silver Line started carrying passengers between Northern Virginia and Washington, commuters are giving it mixed reviews. John Spencer parks his car at the Reston South Park and Ride before the sun comes up and walks a short way to the bus stop — the first part of a commute that has grown longer. "The big change is it takes a little bit...
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Montgomery County transportation officials are withdrawing their request to kill plans to build a subterranean passage for a popular biking and walking trail, after advocates objected to the lack of public notice about the move. The county department of transportation ...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission says it does not have enough hack inspectors to stop “rideshare” drivers from illegally picking up street hails, an issue frustrating metered cabbies who say the emergence of UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar is draining their customer base. A ride for cash, off the books Proposed regulations governing the on-demand, app-based car services ...
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Metro’s answer to Blue Line riders who have asked the transit authority to restore rush hour trains that were cut to make way for the Silver Line is: there is simply no more room. The Rosslyn tunnel, the rail system’s worst chokepoint, can handle no more than 26 trains per rush hour. Now that Orange, Silver, and Blue are sharing the tracks only five of those trains may b...
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We've all heard this warning more times than we can remember: don't drink and drive. Yet the federal government says more than 10,000 Americans die each year in drunk driving crashes, and now, the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown is underway. If familiar-sounding warnings about the danger of killing yourself or someone else do not deter you, or if the fina...
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The BRT gold standard. Two repurposed lanes for transit. @wamu885news pic.twitter.com/xeiHuprGIS— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) August 11, 2014...
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The ever-shifting personal transportation landscape in the D.C. region is getting shaken up again. Depending on where you open your Uber app to order a ride, the driver who comes to pick you up might be subject to no regulations, some regulations, or the same regulations governing taxicabs — a confusing mix of rules for consumers who just want a cheap, safe trip. ...
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The question of whether so-called ridesharing companies should be subject to the same regulations as D.C. taxicabs continues to hang over Washington, not to be resolved until the fall. In the meantime, the D.C. Taxicab Commission is tweaking proposals that would affect t...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission and the District’s Office of Human Rights announced a new effort to help residents report allegations of racial discrimination by Washington taxicab drivers. The agencies began working together to streamline the process after the Office of Human Rights conducted an investigation that found few of the complaints filed with the DCTC included alleg...
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On a day when the District wanted to show how four streetcars operating together for the first time on H Street Northeast would blend with the usual traffic flow, the system encountered the kinds of problems that have raised questions about whether streetcars will be able to efficiently move people once passenger service begins this year. Monday marked the first day of opera...
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Commuters respond to incentives. When given a choice between using public transit benefits or driving to work, commuters in the Washington metropolitan area opt for the former, according to researchers at Virginia Tech University. But when their employers offer free parking, they are more likely to ditch the bus, train, or bicycle and hop into their cars. “Not of...
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The D.C. streetcar is going to reach what project leaders are calling a milestone on Monday. For the first time since 1962, four streetcars will move up and down the H Street/Benning Road corridor as operator training begins. Each operator must receive 30 hours of training, maneuvering the streetcar down its fixed track, sharing a lane with cars and Metro's X2 buses. ...
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At the intersection of Rt. 7 and Westpark Drive there are three crosswalks and traffic signals to help pedestrians navigate the slowly emerging urban landscape around the new Silver Line Metro tracks connecting the Greensboro and Tysons Corner rail stations. There are crosswalks, sidewalks, and a pedestrian signal button. But it is not pedestrian-friendly. People h...
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Since Metro’s new Silver Line service necessitated service cuts of two trains per hour to the Blue Line, some riders have been grumbling that their commutes are a nightmare. Especially aggravating is the afternoon ride home to Virginia from Metro stations west of downtown, lik...