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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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The midday mugging of a 29-year-old woman on a bicycle is leading to changes along the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast D.C. The July 13 robbery and other recent incidents exposed a hole in the District’s response system: Trail users calling 911 may not be ab...
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After going unspent for two years, a fund to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Washington will provide grants for cab companies and individual drivers, the D.C. Taxicab Commission has announced. “We want to make sure that if a passenger gets into the vehicle they get the service they deserve,” said commission Chairman Ernest Chrappah in an interview T...
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In early June, Montgomery County officials said the long-troubled Silver Spring Transit Center — four years late and $48 million over budget because of a litany of structural and design problems — would be ready for transfer to Metro, the D.C. region's transit authority, which will operate ...
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One year after opening with five station stops in Fairfax County, the Silver Line was feted at a news conference in Tysons Corner — home to four of the stations — on Monday. A towering cake was cut to celebrate the Silver Line's first birthday. New high-rise office and residential buildings could be seen across the landscape. A traffic consultant reported fewer cars clog...
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Metro may reach an agreement this year with the four major wireless carriers to complete a project to provide coverage inside rail tunnels, an undertaking that was supposed to be finished years ago. The lack of cell phone coverage was exposed most recently after the ...
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A top federal transportation official says her agency is ready to work with Metro to improve the safety of its rail and bus systems. Metro is not following its own safety program. The transit authorities received that reminder from the head of the Federal Transit Administration this week after Therese McMillan was invited to Metro headquarters to discuss the FTA’s ...
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Metro Connection Segments Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town ...
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Officials with Virginia Railway Express and MARC said their commuter rail services may have to stop operations in January, unless Congress extends a deadline to install advanced safety technology set by legislation passed in 2008. As WAMU 88.5 detailed in May, the...
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When smoke overcame a Yellow Line train near L’Enfant Plaza station in January, precious minutes were lost in the response. And now Metro is announcing a change at the subway system’s nerve center designed to speed up the emergency response—a full-time fire/rescue liaison. The new liaison, ...
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This is Part One of two-part series. Part Two deals with residents' reactions to the timeline. After years of hollow promises and missed deadlines, the managers of the D.C. streetcar project in Northeast Washington took a new approach since Mayor Muriel Bowser ap...
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Metro Connection Segments D.C.'s Once Segregated Public Pools are More Mixed, But for How Long? ...
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Companies Receiving Cease and Desist Notification Dove Cab Maine Cab Sun Cab United Cab Washingtonian Cab This story was updated at 11:40 a.m. Five Washington cab companies will be issued cease and desist orders for failing to meet a June 30 deadline...
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Updated 9:15 a.m., July 15 The D.C. region’s transit system’s tumultuous year has been marked by troubling disclosures of safety gaps and deep divisions among its regional leadership over whom Metro should hire as its next general manager. But following a private meeting with the nation’s top transportation official on Tuesday, Washington’s mayor and the gov...
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Top Virginia transportation officials on Wednesday will present the findings of a study started in 2013 examining traffic volumes over the Potomac River (pdf) and will recommend to a key panel that the state pursue extending the 495 Express Lanes over the American Legion Bridge into Maryland....
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A 90-day test program for a modern fare payment system at Metro train stations, buses, and parking lots has left the transit authority’s leadership unimpressed and considering dumping it altogether, pending more testing and further review. Full implementation of the $250 million system already is a projected $44 million over budget, and although 3,000 Metro riders signed u...
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Metro wants feedback on its proposal to cut rail service on four lines, while increasing service on the Blue Line — and some riders are ready to weigh in. If riders think trains are too crowded now, Metro projects they will be even more crowded if this proposal is ever adopted. That's why the agency wants to hear from the public. "I would tell Metro to look at ot...
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The D.C. region’s transit authority has reached a “significant milestone” in complying with federal financial standards, according to a letter by the chairman of Metro’s board of directors to the heads of the transportation departments in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. The letter was obtained by WAMU 88.5. Although Metro has provided documentation for 65 corrective act...
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Updated 8 a.m., July 9 There is no disagreement that Reagan National Airport generates noise affecting neighborhoods along the Potomac River, but there remains no consensus among homeowners and public officials on whether the noise actually has worsened in recent years. All sides have agreed to keep talking, though. Local residents made their case Wednesday to rep...