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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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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's dream of building a magnetic levitation train — known as maglev — has taken two key steps, placing Maryland among a small number of states slowly moving toward establishing the first high-speed rail systems in the U.S., a half century after Japan operated its first bullet train. On Nov. 7, Maryland received a $28 million federal grant to s...
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This story has been updated. Within an hour of being sworn in to lead the D.C. region’s sprawling transit system, Paul Wiedefeld acknowledged Metro’s problems and promised riders he will oppose raising fares — at least until reliability improves. Metro’s board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Wiedefeld, 60, as general manager and CEO, endi...
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When Metro’s new general manager, the former BWI Airport executive Paul Wiedefeld, is introduced to the public Thursday, he will immediately inherit an array of problems: The trains are not running on time, ridership is plummeting, and the financial outlook is bleak. More About Paul Wiedefeld ...
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Metro’s incoming general manager vowed to create a “world-class system” in his first public remarks since reaching an agreement in principle to lead the capital region’s transit authority. Paul Wiedefeld is expected to sign a contract soon and be introduced to the public at Metro’s scheduled board meeting on Thursday. Wiedefeld, 60, emerged from a private meeting T...
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Metro Transit Police say they're increasing patrols and deploying K9 sweeps as a precaution in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. In addition to more officers, K9s, and random screening for explosives, Metro says its local and federal law enforcement partners are implementing "...
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The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is studying whether to build a light rail or bus rapid transit system on a 14-mile stretch of Rt. 7 from Tysons Corner to Alexandria, one of the busiest in terms of traffic and development in the region “We are looking at how much it would cost. We are looking at how many riders there would be. We are looking at how much time...
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The head of the federal agency temporarily in charge of safety oversight of Metro is calling on regional leaders to get moving on establishing a permanent safety body. “It is now November of 2015 and there continues to be insufficient progress,” said Therese McMillan, the acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, in remarks before the board of the Metro...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Is A Tiny Triangle Of Land In D.C. Dedicated To Sonny Bono? ...
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Amid intense media coverage of Metro's general-manager search last week, an issue more pressing to passengers seemed overlooked: the transit agency's delayed plan to replace old trains. A single paragraph in an 18-page report on the capital improvement program...
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About one-fourth of the District’s 140 wheelchair-accessible taxicabs are sitting in parking lots unused, three months after the government began heavily subsidizing the purchases and rentals of new vans with wheelchair ramps. Despite the apparent setback to eff...
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The first of 300 new buses that will be deployed over the next year were unveiled by Metro officials on Monday along one of the busiest bus routes in the region, 16th Street NW, which carries about 21,000 riders daily between Maryland and downtown Washington. The new fleet will replace buses at the end of their 12-year lifespan and will include 21 extended, 60-foot buses tha...
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A rare bit of good news greeted riders on Metro’s Silver, Orange, and Blue Lines Monday morning. All three lines are stopping again at the Stadium-Armory stop, six weeks after a transformer fire at a power substation sapped the electrical capacity of the tracks. A speed restr...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside The HQ Of D.C.'s Short-Lived But Influential Lesbian Separatist Collective ...
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The leadership of Metro’s board of directors has reached an agreement in principle with Paul J. Wiedefeld to be the transit authority’s next general manager, ending a search that began more than one year ago. “I am humbled and excited to learn of the board’s unanimous support, b...
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The D.C. region’s troubled transit authority again appears on the verge of hiring a new general manager, potentially ending a search than began more than a year ago and has not gone smoothly. A special hiring committee within Metro’s board of directors is trying to reach an agreement with Paul J. Wiedefeld, the former head of BWI Airport and the Maryland Transit Administr...
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Uber says its discount platform, UberX, is filling the void of taxi service in Wards 7 and 8 in D.C. Trips either starting or ending in the two wards east of the Anacostia River have increased 700 percent in the past year, according to data released by the transportation-tech company on Wednesday. "We are doing hundreds of thousands of trips there, so the volume ha...
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As more information surfaced about why the top pick for Metro’s general manager position rejected the job offer, a member of the hiring committee said the runner-up might make his decision as soon as Wednesday. Neal Cohen, a 55-year-old former airline and aerospace industry execut...
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Metro is back to looking for a new general manager. For the second time since February, the D.C. region’s beleaguered transit authority came close to hiring a successor to Richard Sarles, but late Monday the chairman of Metro’s board of directors, Mortimer Downey, released a statement that the finalist for the position was no longer under consideration. Would ...
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Washington is close to becoming the second major city in the U.S. to launch an e-hail app for its taxi industry. The app, named DC Taxi, is in its third round of testing, and the District’s top taxi regulator expects it to launch by the end of the year. The testing is open; anyone with a smartphone can download the app and order a ride. More than a thousand cabbies have u...
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In Virginia, no road project gets built without the blessing of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The board is made up of 18 members, and it decides which projects are funded across the state. Now, you can add the toll lanes on I-66 outside the Beltway to the list: That plan is now one crucial step closer to final approval. "Which brings us one step closer to receiving ...