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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 D.C. Taxicab Commission is ordering 21 cab companies to cease all operations by July 15 for failing to meet a deadline to convert at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The companies have 14 days to appeal. After receiving questions over two days from WAMU 88.5 about the June 30 deadline, the commission sent out a news release late Wednesday...
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Metro is considering cutting rush hour trains on four of six lines as part of a systemwide proposal to optimize rail service. The plan is designed to restore capacity to the transit authority’s most crowded line, the Blue Line, by running trains less frequently on the Green, Yellow, Orange, and Silver lines during peak travel periods. The proposal comes at a time when overa...
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a major shift in state transportation spending to prioritize the maintenance and expansion of roads and bridges over investment in mass transit projects. While unveiling plans to spend $2 billion on roads — including $845 million on entirely new projects — at an Annapolis news conference on Thursday, the governor finally revealed h...
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Full Coverage: NTSB Hearings Day 1: Thousands Of Documents, But No 'Solid Conclusions' ...
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The D.C. region’s subway system is coming under scrutiny for a second day as the National Transportation Safety Board continues hearings into the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza in January. Metro leaders say they’re good at analyzing problems after they happen, but they’re trying to get better at diagnosing safety issues before they lead to accidents or injuri...
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On Jan. 12 there was no single point of failure that left scores of coughing, vomiting passengers stuck inside a smoke-filled tunnel about 400 feet south of Metro’s L’Enfant Plaza station platform. Instead, a cascade of problems and mistakes marked the harrowing incident, which included the death of Carol Glover, 62, of Alexandria. That chaotic picture emerged from the fi...
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Six years after the darkest day in the history of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, a memorial park in Northeast Washington was dedicated to the nine victims of the June 22, 2009 Red Line disaster at Fort Totten. District officials joined relatives of the dead — Metro officials were absent — to cut the ribbon at Legacy Memorial Park after a solemn ceremony. ...
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The labor unions for Metro’s transit workers expressed little surprise at the “serious safety lapses” exposed by a federal investigation on Wednesday, saying the 116-page report (pdf) confirms w...
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The D.C. region’s transit system is plagued by “serious safety lapses” requiring scores of corrective measures to make passenger and worker safety paramount, according to a deep investigation conducted by the agency that oversees WMATA, the second-busiest heavy rail operation in the U.S. carrying hundreds of thousands of commuters daily and millions of tourists every year. ...
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The FTA has released the results of their 116-page report — read on to listen to the full story. The D.C. region’s largest transit system continues to suffer from a failure of leadership and a shoddy safety culture, said the four U.S. Senators...
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The task begins today of deciding which transportation projects are the right projects to fund in Virginia. Top state transportation officials will debate the different criteria that will comprise a new scoring system for rating project proposals, a process outlined in legislation adopted last year known as House Bill 2 (HB2). The higher the score, the better the c...
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The envelopes started showing up in their mailboxes in January. The letters were vague and threatening, telling each recipient that a passenger from their past had claimed they did something wrong — the precise infraction was not specified — and they could lose their driving privileges if they failed to respond. Hundreds — possibly more than 1,000 — of Washington ta...
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It is about the halfway point of a tough year for the D.C. region’s subway system, one that started with the death of a passenger in a cloud of smoke on the Yellow Line. Six months later the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or Metro, is dealing with new problems exposed by the Jan. 12 fiasco at L’Enfant Plaza, where Alexandria resident Carol Glover died o...
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Relief is coming to some of Metro’s crowded rail lines. It will just take four or five years to get here. Faced with a July 26 deadline, Metro’s leadership on Thursday voted to go ahead and place an order for an additional 220 7000-series railcars, the new modern railcar that the transit agency has ...
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Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro breaks down the latest stories from the realm of trains, planes and automobiles. We'll get updates on Metro, including the political wrangling over the January smoke incident that led to one rider's death. And we'll talk taxi cabs, and find out why it's been so hard to expand the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs in the District....
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Metro's leaders will give a full public briefing Thursday on how the transit authority plans to fix a safety flaw across its rail system. The transit system's board of directors is holding its first meeting since the National Transportation Safety Board revealed problems with third rail power cables. Investigators found electrical connections were improperly constr...
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Cars that communicate with one another, and with the roads around them, may sound like something out a futuristic science-fiction movie about a time when crashes are a thing of the past and traffic jams don't happen. But the technology designed to try to create such a world is coming. By the end of the decade, V-to-V technology — short for vehicle-to-vehicle — could be s...
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Major repair work on the Silver Spring Transit Center will wrap up this week and the long-overdue project is expected to be ready to be handed to its future operator, Metro, in the next two months, Montgomery County officials announced on Tuesday. In what must have sounded like a familiar remark to taxpayers who have made a laughingstock out of the concrete eyesore, the coun...
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Several Washington cab companies may miss a June 29 deadline to upgrade at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles, frustrating disability rights advocates who already were unhappy that the original late Dec. 2014 deadline had been pushed back six months. For years only a handful of wheelchair-ready taxis operated in D.C. Two government-subsidized r...
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Helping struggling taxi drivers is the focus of a hearing in Montgomery County today. Legislators aim to help cabbies get out from under onerous regulations and fees. Montgomery County will no longer try to regulate ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft — now that ...