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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 union for 8,000 Metro rail and bus operators and mechanics is signaling it will not seek less for its members in upcoming contract talks despite the tight budget forecast facing the D.C. region’s transit authority. Although Metro’s operating costs are projected to increase at an unsustainable pace compared to revenues in a ...
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Metro and wireless carriers have a pending agreement to begin installing cables for extended mobile coverage inside 50 miles of Metro tunnels, Metro's top executive said on Thursday. But improved cell service may not kick in till 2020. The project — known as Neutral Host — has been delayed for years and will take about five years to complete, said interim General Manage...
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In a move that signals deepening political divisions on Metro's governing body, Maryland's voting contingent on the transit authority's board of directors exercised its jurisdictional veto, killing a proposal to fund a trust for employees' retirement benefits, known as the OPEB trust. The veto cancelled the majority 6-2 vote in favor of funding OPEB to deal with a $1.5 billi...
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The region’s Transportation Planning Board voted on Wednesday to accept additions to its long-range plan including Virginia’s controversial proposals to toll stretches of I-66 both inside and outside the Beltway. The vote to accept the amendments to t...
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The federal agency taking on unprecedented, direct supervision of safety oversight of Metro will have to hire outside personnel to do the job, the head of the Federal Transit Administration said in an interview with WAMU 88.5. The FTA will augment its current safety team of fewer than 30 personnel by hiring consultants and recruiting employees from other divisions of the Dep...
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Updated 6:45 p.m., Oct. 20. Adds comments from D.C. Fire and EMS chief. The District’s top transportation official is tamping down expectations that the city’s delay-plagued, $200 million streetcar project may open this year, just weeks after his boss, Mayor Muriel Bowser, promised she would ride the H Street/Benning Road line in her “first year” in office. ...
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Uber is entering the growing "shared rides" market in Washington with the announcement that a new platform, UberPOOL, will launch on Oct. 22. Similar to Lyft's "Lyft Line" and Split's app, UberPOOL will allow drivers to pick up multiple passengers headed in the same direction — for cheap fares. "We will announce the fare structure on the 22nd, but it will be our ...
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Metro Connection Segments After Stints In Business And Government, Gabe Klein Embraces Fear Of Screwing Up ...
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Nearly four weeks after a transformer fire wrecked a power substation near the Stadium-Armory stop, Metro appears to have averted a massive loss of ridership despite ongoing disruptions to service on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines that share the tracks from Virginia through...
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If Metro can’t keep the trains running on time, its customers want something else: refunds. Consistently unreliable rush hour service, which Metro for the first time has conceded is hurting ridership, has some riders demanding easier refunds as well as flexible fare pricing. Metro rarely issues large-scale refunds. Instead, the transit authority asks riders to in...
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The management of the D.C. region’s transit authority has felt an avalanche of criticism in a year of commuting calamities and safety lapses, but until now, relatively little anger had reached Metro’s governing body — its 16-member board of directors. Demands for reform are now shifting to the board in the form of legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate, co-s...
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A move to change who is watching over Metrorail is facing its first obstacle. The Department of Transportation is not endorsing an urgent safety recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board to shift oversight to the Federal Railroad Administration,...
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The interim general manager of the second-busiest commuter rail system in America officially conceded what many riders and outside observers have been saying: Consistently poor service is pushing customers away. “We are at a low point,” said Jack Requa, who replaced Richard Sarles at the head of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in January, in remarks to ...
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After a short circuit sparked a fire at a power substation near RFK Stadium three weeks ago, Metro warned riders on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines that speed restrictions and delays would last into next spring. But now, the transit authority's infrastructure chief, Andy Off,...
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New calls to shift oversight of the Washington region’s public transit system to the Federal Railroad Administration are raising questions about that agency’s record of enforcing safety rules, and whether the change would mark a real improvement over the current oversight setup. On Sept. 30 the National Transportation Safety Board ...
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From the vantage point of D.C. and Arlington, the plan to charge high tolls on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway may seem like the right way to keep out one of the causes of congestion: people driving alone to work. But from the perspective of the suburbs, where some commuters say they don't have an alternative to driving, charging $9 to use I-66 east of the Beltway during mor...
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A proposal to cut rush hour service on four of six lines in order to reduce wait times on the Blue Line is dead, just three months after Metro management floated the “rail optimization plan.” The plan provoked opposition among riders and within Metro over a range o...
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Derailments, track fires and frozen subway doors. Deferred maintenance, financial distress and federal safety investigations. Public doubt about the future of a once-proud transit system. That description fits the Metro of 2015, but it also was the ordeal facing the New York City subways in the early 1980s — a situation so dire the very survival of the system was at stake....
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Metro should have its next leader in November, according to D.C. Council member Jack Evans. Evans is one of four Metro board members deciding on the finalists under consideration to be the transit authority's next general manager. On WAMU's The Politics Hour Friday, Evans sa...
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Metro Connection Segments In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing? ...