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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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A man who sent a goodbye text message to his family because he thought was going to die during Metro’s Yellow Line meltdown is the first person to sue the transit agency over Monday's incident. In the darkness and the smoke, as other passengers gasped for oxygen and slumped to the ground, Malbert Rich texted his mom and his two kids, telling them goodbye. "It was...
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There are several developments in the federal investigation of Monday's fatal incident on Metro’s Yellow Line: NTSB will brief Congress WAMU 88.5 has learned the regional congressional delegation will be briefed by National Transportation Safety Board investigators and Metro leaders on Jan. 21 at the Capitol office of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer. The N...
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D.C. congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's received a promise from the National Transportation Safety Board that it will produce a preliminary report within 30 days on Metro's Yellow Line incident that resulted in one death and scores on injuries on Monday. On Jan. 21, the region's congressional delegation is scheduled to be briefed by NTSB officials and Metro...
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Carol Glover, the 61-year-old Alexandria woman who died during Metro's Yellow Line meltdown on Monday was a mother of two. She had just won an employee-of-the-year award where she works. Diana Rodriguez was Glover's neighbor. "Carol was, No. 1 in my mind, a lov...
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Federal investigators say an electrical problem may have caused the severe smoking incident in the Yellow Line tunnel that killed one passenger and sent more than 80 to hospitals on Monday. But despite calls from many quarters for explanations and accountability, a fin...
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With Monday's deadly train malfunction on the Yellow Line, regular Metro riders might be asking themselves what they can do to ensure their safety in such incidents. "There would be a point when if a person can't breathe, they'll do whatever they can think of...
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With gas prices falling toward $2 a gallon, there is renewed interest on Capitol Hill in raising the federal gas tax. Still, the first increase since 1993 remains a long shot. If politicians were afraid to raise the gas tax — stuck at 18 cents a gallon for more than 20 years — when gas prices were close to four bucks, then they might be open to raising it now. There are ...
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D.C.'s new streetcar line hasn't opened to the public yet, but it was involved in another crash last night. The streetcars run on fixed tracks — meaning it can't change lanes — along H Street and Benning Road Northeast, sharing a lane with cars, trucks, buses, and bicycles. Since October, the District Department of Transportation says the streetcars have been involved in...
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The cold weather was tough on the Metro system today. Cracked rails affected service on two separate corridors — the Orange/Silver and Green/Yellow — while the Red Line had technical troubles of its own. Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro has more, including comments from frustrated riders. (Click Play t...
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The man responsible for getting credit card payments into D.C.'s cabs has left his post. D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton has resigned. ...
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Some school districts in Virginia are still closed today, and others in the region are opening late. The weather is expected to remain bitterly cold and windy through tomorrow. In the District, schools, buses and the Metro are all on normal schedules. WAMU transportation reporter Martin Di Caro has more. (Click Pl...
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A stronger-than-expected storm caught the region by surprise this morning, leaving local roads covered in snow and ice and stranding motorists for hours as they tried to get to work. And though the snow has stopped falling, officials in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are scrambling to clear the ...
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With the new year comes another new plan to change a D.C. law that now prevents bike riders and pedestrians from receiving compensation when injured in a traffic crash. Right now — under what is called “contributory negligence” — if you’re hit by a car while you’re walking or riding a bike you would then suffer another blow from the so-called “knock-out rule....
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Virginia's congressional delegation is applauding a decision by federal officials to fully fund construction of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport and beyond into Loudoun County. This may be good news for drivers on the Dulles Toll Road, too. The approval of two large, low-interest federal loans means tolls on the Dulles Toll Road won't have to be raised for at l...
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At a hearing before the state's Public Service Commission Friday, regulators sought answers about how Uber would function if they approve a proposed settlement allowing Uber to stay in Maryland. The commission's transportation chief Christopher Koermer was asked about Uber's driver background checks and unpopular surge pricing policy. He responded, "In the settlement we have...
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Electronic signs commonplace on Metrorail platforms that show arrival times for trains are coming to bus stops across the transit authority’s regional bus system, Metro announced on Thursday. Metro will test the signs at four bus stops: in D.C. at H Street and 7th Street Northwest right outside the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station, in Montgomery County at Viers Mi...
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District transportation officials marked a record year for bike lane construction at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at the 4th Street Northwest-Southwest bicycle route along Independence Avenue. Nine miles of bike lanes were built in 2014, bringing the District’s total to 69 in all eight wards. Under the MoveDC plan, 15 more miles will be built in the next two yea...
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The three streetcars built by Oregon Iron Works, loaded with sandbags, have passed their final braking and propulsion tests. The Federal Transit Administration has received and reviewed all the necessary safety documentation from District transportation officials, and it is now up to the safety oversight office within the D.C. Fire Department to determine when the streetcars...
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Virginia has two new toll highways and the state is planning to build a third, along the I-66 corridor outside the Beltway. The state will also study building express toll lanes inside the Beltway as well. When new highway lanes are built in Virginia, they come with tolls: E-ZPass-only toll lanes where HOV-3 carpoolers ride free. That's the case along 495 and 95. It will als...
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Fourteen months after she nearly lost a leg in a crash, Kelly Dillon says she finally feels safe in her Northwest D.C. neighborhood again. "Before the changes that were made, people were driving two abreast in the road, passing each other on the right, speeding, and now people are driving single file and going noticeably slower," Dillon says. The big change on Arkan...