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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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Taxi drivers represented by the local Teamsters union are suing the District of Columbia. Cabbies claim a law passed by the D.C. Council last year gives ride-hailing services like Uber an unfair competitive advantage. The D.C. Council created two categories of regulations: one for public vehi...
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Expect plenty of company on the roads this weekend. The number of people traveling at least 50 miles to get to their Memorial Day weekend destinations is expected to increase about five percent over last year, says AAA’s Lon Anderson. "Over 900,000 Washingtonians are headed out of town," he says. "Ninety percent of the travel this time is projected to be by autom...
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Uber and other ride-hailing apps would have waiting areas for their drivers at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, under proposed regulations by the agency that operates the two D.C.-area airports. Only cabs and taxi companies with the proper permits currently have access to the airport curbs for which they pay a fee. If the Metropolitan Washington Airports Au...
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Residents along Stenhouse Place in Dunn Loring, Virginia, did not buy their modest homes in a pretty cul-de-sac so they could be close to Interstate 66, its sound wall visible through the trees that line their street. They wanted to be close to the Dunn Loring Metro Station so they could commute on the Orange Line and their kids could walk to a nearby elementary school, all to avoid d...
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The House has voted to extend funding for roads and rail lines for two months, the twelfth short-term patch in the past six years. The deadline to replenish the nation's infrastructure funding pot was looming at the end of the month. Congress will have to do it all over again in July because of the failure to approve a long-term spending bill. Transportation planning depends...
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Updated 8:30 a.m., May 20 Virginia is thinking about taking a different approach to toll roads. After ceding future toll revenue on the I-495 and I-95 Express Lanes to the private-sector firm that built those highways in Northern Virginia, officials announced on Tuesday the results of an internal analysis on whether ...
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Five years after the District’s most visible bike lanes opened in the median of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in downtown Washington, the District Department of Transportation believes it finally has found a solution to the problem of illegal, mid-block U-turns by motorists that often injure bike riders. Recycled rubber barriers six feet long and four inches high, known by...
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Speaking to Ike Leggett re: @PurpleLineMD; doesn't expect county can up $150M commitment, if that's what gov wants. pic.twitter.com/tPS9n4duFd— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) ...
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Residents in a Northeast Washington neighborhood are asking the District Department of Transportation to speed up the implementation of safety measures designed to slow down cars zooming by their homes and schools. At a meeting organized by D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), DDOT officials briefed residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood about plans to change th...
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The Amtrak derailment that killed eight passengers and injured more than 200 others led immediately to calls from Democrats in Congress and President Obama to increase spending on infrastructure, even as House Republicans voted down attempts to boost Amtrak’s budget. The public pleas t...
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In Fairfax County, I-66 is synonymous with a nightmare — or maybe purgatory is the better word. The highway is one of the most congested in our region. The Virginia Department of Transportation has plans to transform 66, though, by adding toll lanes and using the revenue to improve transit, biking, and walking options. But some legislators are concerned VDOT is moving too quickly. T...
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As federal investigators pick through the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia that left from Union Station, Congress is debating whether to cut Amtrak funding. The deadly crash is once again raising questions about the state of the n...
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These are really shuttles, not buses. @Bridj pic.twitter.com/kmT9P420Lr— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) May 12, 2015...
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A report of smoke inside the Rosslyn rail tunnel — a key bottleneck between D.C. and Virginia — led to massive delays on three lines and left thousands of Metro commuters late to work Monday morning, prompting the transit authority to issue a rare apology. "Shortly before 8 a.m., Metro's Operations Control Center received a report of smoke in the tunnel between Rosslyn a...
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Maryland will soon decide whether to build a pair of light rail systems: the Purple Line in the D.C. suburbs and the Red Line in Baltimore. A new report on the benefits of both projects comes just days before Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to announce their fate. Building the Red and Purple Lines will produce a number of benefits, according to the ...
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Despite promises by District officials to keep them safe, bicyclists on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in downtown Washington say motorists keep running into them. As soon as the Pennsylvania Ave. median bike lanes were installed in 2010, U-turns became a problem. In late 2012, the Gray administration ...
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Update 2, May 4, 2015: In response to questions about the specific locations, NPS offered the following: "The National Park Service is very supportive of providing access through bikeshare to the areas of the park identified in the grant. The park and our partners are beginning the process of identifying specific locations." ...
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Hikers, joggers, and bikers have been waiting a decade for repairs to the Rock Creek Park trail — and finally it’s going to happen. Work to rebuild the trail along Beach Drive will begin this fall, and it will have to be temporarily closed during construction. It...
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