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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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The replacement of decades-old, broken down elevators and escalators may be the most visible piece of Metro’s recovery from the days of decay and deferred maintenance. The new units certainly are front and center in Metro’s public relations campaign to show its customers the rail system is improving, as each new project usually is accompanied by a press release trumpetin...
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Thousands of miles of bike lanes and pedestrian pathways are planned for the Washington region over the next several decades. The aim is to get people out of their cars and onto bikes or walking paths for the many short trips they make each day. If you stand along 15th Street Northwest in downtown D.C., you would see hundreds of cyclists using the protected, two-way bike lan...
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Arlington County has pulled the plug on its streetcar plan for the Columbia Pike corridor. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette announced the decision today — a shocking turn of course for a system that a majority of board members defended even as public opposition grew. Fisette sa...
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Uber is lobbying to change proposed legislation designed to increase the paltry number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in Washington, because the bill could “place excessive regulatory burdens on private vehicle-for-hire companies,” a spokesman for the tech company said. The For-Hire Vehicle Ac...
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Another vote has been postponed to end a law that prevents pedestrians and bike riders from collecting injury compensation in traffic crashes in Washington. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) says he will keep pushing his proposal to end the District’s contributory negligence statute — even though currently there’s not enough support to pass it. "This...
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Construction of Phase II of the Silver Line to Dulles Airport is in the very early stages, but changes already are being made could drive up the cost of the $2.7 billion project. In any large project, there are change orders. A change order is work added to the original scope of a contract, and the Silver Line to Dulles will be no different. At issue is just how much the cha...
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#ConcertForValor at the other end of the mall, far from the stage. pic.twitter.com/DBkO1aHJBc— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) Nove...
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The insurance industry and trial lawyers remain opposed to a proposal in D.C. that would help injured pedestrians and bicyclists receive compensation after traffic crashes. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) says he intends to hold a vote on his bill tomorrow despite the possibility it doesn't have enough votes to pass. Yesterday he sat down with opponents...
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Past Streetcar Coverage Decisions On Streetcar Await The District's Next Mayor As Streetcar Testing Winds Down, S...
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The final segment of Maryland’s $3 billion highway connecting I-270/I-370 in Montgomery County to I-95 in Prince George’s County opened Monday morning. The last 1.5 miles of the Intercounty Connector stretches east from I-95 to Route 1 in Laurel. The project also was designed to improve access to the Muirkirk MARC Station, according to a statement by the Maryland State H...
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Time is running out on an effort to change a D.C. law that prevents pedestrians and bicyclists from being compensated for injuries sustained in traffic crashes. A D.C. Council committee has postponed until Wednesday a key vote on a bill by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) that would end what’s called contributory negligence: injured bikers and pedestrians can’t rece...
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It appears legislation to help cyclists and pedestrians receive compensation for crash injuries will stall before a D.C. Council committee on Friday. Council member Tommy Wells wants to change a law that allows insurance companies to deny a claim if the cyclist or pedestrian is found to be even 1 percent at fault. It will be the third effort to eliminate the "contributory n...
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The unexpected victory by Republican Larry Hogan in the race for Maryland governor spurred an immediate negative reaction from some transit advocates. They say Hogan may try to kill projects such as the Purple Line in Montgomery County. But they may be overreacting....
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Whoever wins today’s mayoral election in D.C. will face big decisions about the District’s single biggest transportation project: the streetcar. The first 2.5 miles of streetcar tracks on H Street and Benning Road in Northeast Washington were never intended to be it. They were always just the start, says Gabe Klein, who ran the District Department of Transportation duri...
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A speed camera has been installed along a busy avenue in Northeast D.C. that cuts through a neighborhood of pretty homes, schools, parks, and libraries, the latest effort to improve pedestrian safety spearheaded by a determined group of residents. The camera placed at the intersection of Maryland Avenue, D Street, and 7th Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was one of ei...
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Many D.C. voters want to know how the next mayor is going to handle the District’s fledgling streetcar system or fund Metro’s long-term needs, but one group is more concerned with the oldest — and simplest — mode of transport: walking. You may be handed one on your way to work this morning, if you're walking on a sidewalk in D.C. The new pedestrian safety group ...
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It's Halloween, but those aren't ghostly hallucinations you're seeing at the gas station. Pump prices really are falling to their lowest level since the start of the decade. The last time gas prices dropped below $3 a gallon, Dracula was terrorizing the Transylvanian countryside. Actually, it was late 2010. But the horror show seems to be over...
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Now that the D.C. Council has given Uber and other app-based “ridesharing” services a formal okay to operate in Washington, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the legislation represents a compromise that ensures consumers will have access to their preferred transportation choices with the necessary prot...
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Uber CEO Applauds Legislation Uber won. ...
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Click to see a map of the 2014 bond referendum projects. In Fairfax County, commuting has always been about the car. Whethe...