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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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Metro warned riders to stay away from affected rail stations once around-the-clock SafeTrack maintenance work began on June 4 in the first of 15 “surges” scheduled through next March. Three weeks into the endeavor it appears riders are listening, according to system-wide ridership figures obtained by WAMU 88.5. After continuous single-tracking reduced train fre...
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The commission that regulates some 6,500 taxis in the District is becoming a full-fledged agency with a new name — but it is not clear what effect the change will have on the riding public. “The responsibilities of the renamed agency will remain fundamentally unchanged,” said Neville Waters, a spokesman for the D.C. Taxicab Commission. On June 28, the commission will bec...
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Seven years after the darkest day in Metro’s 40-year history, safety experts say the transit authority has made limited strides improving safety but has not entirely escaped the shadow of the Red Line crash near Fort Totten station that killed eight passengers and a train operator. Fifteen passengers and workers have died on Metrorail since the June 22, 2009, accident. The ...
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SafeTrack hits its second phase, with full shutdowns of sections of the Orange Line forcing commuters to use bus "bridges" between stations. What if Metro had built extra tracks, though? Would parallel lines have allowed for better maintenance over the years, and would they have been w...
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Story updated at 10:15 a.m. The first rail shutdown of Metro’s yearlong SafeTrack reconstruction program will inconvenience thousands of commuters starting Monday morning with the closure of two stations: Potomac Avenue and Stadium-Armory on the eastern side of D.C. Moreover, the Blue Line will not run further north than the Arlington Cemetery stop in Virg...
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Transit authority leaders joined elected officials from the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County to hammer home a message to commuters: Unless a significant number find alternative means of transportation come Monday, they will be stuck on packed trains and buses during the ...
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The start of the first, two-week shutdown of Metro’s yearlong SafeTrack rebuilding program is days away, and Metrorail riders from Virginia to Maryland are bracing for a rough time. The second of 15 scheduled “maintenance surges” under SafeTrack promises to be more disruptive than the first, which involved ...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Metro has released a progress report for its first maintenance surge under the SafeTrack reconstruction program, and it shows that as of Monday, most of the w...
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WAMU listeners certainly know Martin Di Caro best for his transportation coverage, of Metro in particular. What you might not know is that he's a big history buff. Which is why he sat down at Kramerbooks recently with author Jonathan Horn to talk about his book, "The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Rob...
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"This is a Twitter town," says one of our Episode 3 guests about Washington. When it comes to information about Metro, there are several ways to get it on the popular social media platform. We talk to three civic hackers who use WMATA's open data sources to share information about delays, accidents and more. What about people who don't speak English? HollyAnn Freso-Moore, the principa...
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The transit authority’s announcement on May 6 of the biggest rail reconstruction effort in Metro’s 40-year history, now known as SafeTrack, left many weary riders wondering what the past six years were for.  In 2010 WMATA approved Metro Forward: a six-year, $5 billion plan to buy new railcars and buses, overhaul the Red Line’s electrical system, and replace thousa...
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Fears that Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance blitz would send rail riders piling into cars and further clogging downtown Washington streets may have been misplaced, at least according to early traffic volume data compiled in D.C. and Northern Virginia.  The anecdotal evidence differs. Some commuters are complaining of nightmarish gridlock turning short drives into slow cr...
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Metro’s Orange and Silver lines — the first directly affected by the transit agency’s yearlong SafeTrack maintenance blitz — not only have crowded trains these days. They also have old trains. Three weeks ago Metro pulled its new, 7000-series railcar...
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Metro managed to get through the first rush hour under the SafeTrack maintenance blitz without any major hangups, providing tolerable service on the Orange and Silver Lines in Northern Virginia on Monday morning. Trains shared a track between East Falls Church and Ballston in the first of 15 “maintenance surges.” Many commuters appeared to have listened to incessant warni...
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The first weekday rush hour during Metro's SafeTrack "maintenance surge" left some riders hopeful and others confused and agitated. Episode 2 of Metropocalypse is on the scene at the Ballston station in Virginia as the "new normal" takes effect. We also hear from Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; we discuss what it might take to ensure that th...
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Metro is estimating trains could be jammed with unprecedented "crush loads" of passengers during the opening stages of the SafeTrack reconstruction program, and has sent the hypothetical figures to local officials in each of its eight city and county jurisdictions. The 49-page planning document was designed to send a message: unless Metrorail riders find alternative travel ...
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Are you ready? That is the question of the moment in the Washington region as Metro prepares to embark on a yearlong track work program that will force thousands of riders to find alternative travel modes, and already has forced the region’s transit agencies to adopt detailed plans. From encouraging telework to providing extra bus service, from marking temporary ...
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In the week before Metro's SafeTrack plan is set to begin, WAMU 88.5 is bringing you stories about Metrorail. Check back this week for the rest of the four-part series. These words will sound familiar to Metro riders.  An “equipment problem that shut down a station and threatens to disrupt service for months has laid bare the transit agency’s big pr...
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In the week before Metro's SafeTrack plan is set to begin, WAMU 88.5 will be bringing you stories about Metrorail. Check back this week for the rest of the four-part series. Marcus Glover is reminded of his mother’s death everywhere. He cannot escape it in his living room, because that is where Metro Transit Police broke the news that his mom was the onl...
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Metropocalypse, WAMU 88.5's new podcast about Metro. Between now and March 2017, riders of the Washington region's subway system will become intimately familiar with phrases like "continuous single tracking" and "line segment shutdown." WAMU 88.5 reporter Martin DiCaro and Politico...