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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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Two cabinet secretaries joined members of the region’s congressional delegation to call on Congress to fund infrastructure projects during a news conference Monday at the iconic Memorial Bridge, now undergoing at least six months of emergency repairs. The 83-year-old bridge was held up as a symbol of the nation’s crumbling transportation system. With its outside lanes cl...
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The District’s new 11th Street Bridge was designed to improve travel across the Anacostia River by connecting two highways, I-695 on the western bank and DC-295, also known as the Anacostia Freeway, to the east. The $400 million effort to replace two old bridges with three new ones has succeeded in helping car commuters get in and out of downtown Washington, but residents ...
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Emergency repairs have closed lanes and caused a weight restriction on the Memorial Bridge. As of Friday afternoon, both outside lanes are closed and a 10-ton load limit is in place — meaning no more Metro buses — until the emergency repairs are done. The National Park Service says they could take at least six months. The decrepit bridge that carries about 70,...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation heard from homeowners along the Interstate 66 corridor in Fairfax County Thursday night and the consensus was clear: the agency must fix its plans to expand the highway to ten lanes for 25 miles from the Beltway west to Haymarket. Hundreds of people packed an Oakton High School’s large assembly rooms for VDOT’s second in a series...
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A top Metro official will meet the head of the Federal Transit Administration next week in the latest move by the D.C. region’s transit authority to convince federal transportation officials to give Metro permission to send about 200 aging railcars to the scrap yard. Mort Downey, the chair of Metro’s Board of Directors, said he will meet the acting administrator of the F...
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The D.C. region’s transit authority is the latest public transportation system in the country to bar all political, religious, and advocacy advertisements, days after a controversial anti-Islam group sought to put up an ad in train stations and on the sides of buses. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously voted to cease accepting all “issue ads” for the r...
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Metrorail commuters want relief from crowded trains, but the pace of that relief depends on how much money the transit authority’s regional jurisdictions are willing to spend on repairing old railcars and buying new ones. Some representatives on Metro’s board of directors are indicating they may not want to pay for both. And the decision isn’t entirely theirs. Federal t...
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Updated 8:15 a.m., May 27 Politicians and state transportation officials cut the ribbon on a new commuter route in Fairfax County on Tuesday, touting a widened Stringfellow Road as the solution for once nightmarish congestion that would routinely slow down motorists traveling between Route 29 and U.S. 50. The two-mile project widened Stringfellow Road to two...
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The creators of the latest on-demand personal transportation app to launch in D.C. aim to transcend typical ride-hailing by appealing to commuters interested in sustainability. Split, a “smarter shared rides” app created at the downtown D.C. tech startup incubator 1776, launched in Washington last week w...
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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 5 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 automobi...
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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 12th 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 on...
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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...