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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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Montgomery County officials are still waiting for an answer from a Bethesda property owner that is being asked to tear down its office building for the Purple Line light rail project. Executives with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the owner and largest occupier of the Apex building in downtown Bethesda, say they have not decided yet whether to agree to de...
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Some D.C. taxidrivers say they are out hundreds of dollars after a company that processed their backseat credit card transactions went under. A day after announcing the French firm Gleike Taximeters was unable to do business because of significant financial problems...
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Before the McDonnell administration’s final days in office expired, transportation officials moved to complete an agreement with the National Park Service and historic preservation groups to allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to pave the ten-mile Bi-County Parkway over the western edge of Manassas National Battlefield Park. A final draft of the ...
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Hundreds of D.C. taxicabs won't be able to accept credit card payments for a while, but it's not their fault. More than 700 cab drivers who signed contracts with the company Gleike Taximeters to process their backseat credit card transactions need to find a new payment system. Gleike is going out of business, after ...
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Since the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people near Fort Totten, Metro has been operating its trains manually. But now the transit agency is preparing to start testing the system to return operation of the trains to a computer. When your Metro train comes a herky-jerky stop, that's a result of the manual operation of the train — the conductor has his or her hand on ...
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Metro is paying a billion dollars for hundreds of new rail cars. They'll replace cars that have been in use since the 1970s, and rail experts say they'll be both safer and more comfortable for riders. Martin Di Caro got a preview this week, and brings us the details in our regular look at transportation and the politics of getting around. [Music: ...
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President Obama's former transportation secretary continues to publicly champion a tax increase he mostly avoided as a member of the cabinet. Ray LaHood, the Illinois Republican who served seven terms in the U.S. House before becoming the nation’s transportation chief in 2009, repeated his call for Congress and the president to agree to raise the federal gas tax, last incr...
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The region’s residential and business hubs with potential for significant commercial development should employ a range of strategies to manage growth, including zoning changes, public-private partnerships, affordable housing initiatives, and tying land use strategies to transit projects, according to a study of 92 ...
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Metro will begin testing an open payment system this year, giving commuters the option of using their credit cards, federal government IDs, or smartphones to speedily pay fares — tap and go — when boarding buses, passing through fare gates at rail stations, and to pay for parking, the transit authority announced on Wednesday. Metro awarded a $184 million contract to the ...
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You never know who might hail your cab. That is the message the D.C. Taxicab Commission is sending to Washington’s taxi drivers with the announcement it placed undercover "test passengers" in cabs to find drivers who are violating a slate of new regulations, including mandatory credit card acceptance. "The message we are sending to drivers is that when they appli...
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A decision that will affect the immediate future of the Purple Line project in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is expected soon. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff says that within the next couple weeks a "record of decision" is expected on the 16-mile light rail project — the paper granting the Purple Line the federal government's blessing to proceed. ...
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The interior of the 7000-series cars are quite the departure from the 70s decor of the 1000-series. With its 1970s-era railcars creaking with age, Metro final...
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The hypothermia alert in D.C. means more than 1,700 beds are being made available at shelters to keep the homeless warm. Inside Central Union Mission, men quietly rest soaking up the heat. Some watch TV, others read the bible, anything is better than being outside. "If you are sleeping out there in that type of environment it is detrimental to the mind as well as the b...
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Anyone who drives I-95 in Fairfax and Prince William Counties in Virginia knows the traffic congestion there is terrible, and what can be done about it is the subject of a new study. Congestion is still driving motorists mad on I-95, despite improvements to the Springfield interchange and the recent widening of a notorious six-mile stretch to four lanes in each direction. Fo...
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The luxury car service Uber is warning customers who will be out partying tonight to be ready to pay a lot more for a reliable limo ride. D.C. resident Tim Shea, 27, will be among the many who emerge from a bar or restaurant some time after midnight, reach for their smartphone, and open the Uber app. And because demand will be peaking, Uber will charge what it calls surge pric...
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If you use public transit to get to work, the amount you pay out of pocket may go up in 2014 — and it has nothing to do with a fare increase. Before wrapping up its work this year, Congress failed to maintain funding for the public transit tax benefit. So the monthly amount commuters can set aside before taxes to pay their fares will drop from $245 to $130. At the sa...
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Tolls are set to go up again on the Dulles Toll Road starting on Jan. 1. The increase is intended to help pay for the construction of the Silver Line Metro rail project. No toll increase is scheduled for 2015. That's because the airports authority expects to receive a large federal loan to finance the project. "We are doing everything we can to make sure that those to...
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Police in D.C. are extending the warning period for more than 100 new traffic safety cameras before issuing real tickets to violators. Drivers caught by the 132 new traffic cams were supposed to start receiving tickets today, but the Metropolitan Police Department has decided to extend the warning period to an undetermined date. "Warning tickets will continue to be is...
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We're down to the final day of shopping before Christmas, and retailers hope to make up for what has been a disappointing season so far. But many local shoppers say that the Washington economy may be putting a damper on holiday spending. All the sales figures released to date show retailers have little reason to be as jolly as St. Nicholas. Sales are up only about two percen...