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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.


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Residents in one Northeast D.C. neighborhood asked the police to put up a speed camera to slow down commuters who use a four-lane avenue like a highway — but the speed camera doesn't seem to be working. As Rebecca Zarrella plays with her 3-year-old son on the lawn of a public library here in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, traffic along Maryland Avenue Northeast whizzes by....
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Now that Maryland has joined Virginia and D.C. in formally legalizing Uber and other app-based ride-hailing services, the entire Washington metropolitan region has welcomed the tech companies that pride themselves on disrupting the marketplace. Our region has...
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The federal fund that pays for road and transit projects is scheduled to run out of money in July — two months later than expected — and the Obama administration's top transportation official is once again calling on Congress to find a long-term solution. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says Congress has an opportunity to pass a multiyear bill. He says he's not ...
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If Northern Virginia’s elected leaders and business community want the state to build the Bi-County Parkway to improve north-south commuting between Prince William and Loudoun Counties and open up the western side of Dulles Airport to commerce, Sen. Tim Kaine says he has not heard from them. The Virginia Democrat, who did not pursue the controversial 10-mile project when h...
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Congress should stop adding flights to Reagan National Airport, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and other officials said Thursday. Speaking at a press event, Kaine said new flights out of Reagan come at the expense of struggling Dulles Airport. The issue will come up again soon, when Congress begins preparing the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, possibly...
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Updated 8 a.m., April 16 A project already years behind schedule to bring full cellphone coverage to Metrorail stations and tunnels will take three to four more years to complete, a top transit authority official announced on Wednesday. Federally mandated wor...
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New rail ridership from near-term development pipeline by station. (PlanIt...
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Metrorail officially rode into the 21st century Tuesday morning when the long-awaited 7000-series railcars departed Franconia-Springfield station shortly after 7 a.m. on the Blue Line. Originally scheduled to debut in January, the next-generation railcars are among 528 on order from Lincoln, Nebraska-based Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. The modern trains will join Metro’s fleet ov...
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As the leadership of the D.C. region's transit authority debates whether its next general manager should be a financial turnaround expert, as officials in D.C. and Maryland are insisting, or a transit specialist, as Virginia and labor union officials prefer, the outcome ultim...
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Metro’s regional jurisdictions would save $800 million this decade under a modified railcar expansion plan now under consideration, transit authority officials said on Thursday. While Metro’s long-term goal remains running 100 percent 8-car trains during rush hours — compared to the 35 percent average across all six lines today — the scaled-back proposal would save t...
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Red Line trains will begin accelerating and braking under computer control for the first time since the fatal Red Line crash that killed nine people at Fort Totten on June 22, 2009, the transit authority announced on Thursday. The return of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) will happen on Monday, April 13, for 8-car Red Line trains only. Six-car Red Line trains will be the nex...
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Faced with declining rail ridership and demands for fiscal restraint from elected officials in Maryland and D.C., Metro is developing a proposal to scale back plans to run all 8-car trains during rush hours, a key piece of the transit authority’s Momentum expansion program approved in June 2013. The proposal being developed by Metro staffers would designate an additional 2...
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The first streetcar purchased by the District — from Czech Republic-based Inekon — arrived in 2009. It and the rest of the fleet of six vehicles now rest inside a temporary car barn on Benning Road Northeast, undergoing repairs. The tracks along the 2.2-mile line were laid in 2008. Work crews are out on the line fixing sections of rail after two minor breaks last year an...
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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating another smoke incident that affected service on Metrorail on a weekday in February, one month after heavy smoke filled the Yellow Line tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza station, enveloping a train and killing Carol Glover of Alexandria and injuring 80 other passengers. In a statement released on Monday, the NTSB said at 1:39 p...
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The Bi-County Parkway is not dead, but some locally elected leaders are ready to take another step in a new effort to erase the proposed road from the planning maps. Tuesday the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a study to determine whether the parkway should be removed from t...
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In eight days Metro rail passengers on the Blue Line will ride into the 21st century as the transit authority introduces its first modern railcars into revenue service. The 7000-series cars, manufactured by Kawasaki in Lincoln, Nebraska, represent a technological break from the six series of rolling stock in Metro’s fleet, including the initial 300 cars of the 1000-series that have ...
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Five years and two mayors later, a vision of 37 miles of streetcar tracks presented in a 2010 Fenty administration study has been shattered by fiscal and political realities, surviving in significantly smaller form in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first budget proposal unveiled on Thursday. And by the time the scaled-back plans for 8 miles of streetcar tracks are realized, possib...
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A brief letter to a state legislator is reviving the debate over whether Virginia should build a 10-mile, four-lane highway connecting Prince William and Loudoun counties west of Dulles Airport, forcing state transportation officials to publicly state they have not dropped plans for the ...
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A major obstacle has been placed before the construction of a long-planned and controversial highway project in Northern Virginia, a group of state and local legislators representing Northern Virginia will announce Wednesday at a news conference. The Virginia Department of Transportation will not pursue ...
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Updated 8:45 a.m., April 1 Uber is tweaking its ride-hailing app to help its drivers pick up passengers at Reagan National and Dulles International airports as the company works on an agreement to allow drivers to stay on airport property to wait for rides — a privilege reserved to individual cab drivers and taxi companies that pay large fees for permits to curb a...