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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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D.C.’s Vision Zero plan has arrived. Now the work of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024 gets underway. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled the two-year action plan at a news conference in Northeast D.C. Wednesday. The plan is the result of ...
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On a dead end street in Northeast D.C., tucked along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, what used to be a small church is now a sanctuary for young men, a safe space where they escape the travails of rough neighborhoods and family tumult. Inside Gearin’ Up Bicycles, a nonprofit bike shop, donated and used bicycles are stripped down, r...
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Metro’s new general manager stood before a big room full of frustrated riders and heard them out, the latest in a series of public appearances with news media and stakeholders since taking the job Nov. 30. Paul Wiedefeld, 60, held forth on a small stage at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C. Monday night, in front of rows of seats filled with more than...
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After years of criticism alleging it failed to serve people with disabilities, Uber is launching wheelchair-accessible van (WAV) service in Washington — three weeks before a deadline to submit to the D.C. Council its plan for expanding accessible transportation in the District. Rebuffed by taxi companies for months, Uber reached agreements with individual D.C. cabbies who ...
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Metro riders have been waiting years for the arrival of new railcars to replace the oldest, least reliable trains in the fleet. But according to Metro's new general manager, there are problems on the assembly line that are delaying a new generation of railcars. Speaking Friday on WAMU 88.5's The Po...
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The District’s plan to hike fines for traffic violations as part of its Vision Zero program to eliminate all roadway deaths by 2024 is running into opposition just as the proposals officially are released to the public. As WAMU 88.5 first reported on Wednesday, the Distr...
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Virginia's influential Commonwealth Transportation Board wants to open discussions with officials in D.C. and Maryland about improving congested Potomac River crossings, with priority given to expanding the capacity of the American Legion Memorial Bridge and Metro’s Rosslyn tunnel, which is the bottleneck for the Silver, Blue, and Orange lines. The ...
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When Governor Larry Hogan announced in June that the state would move forward with the $2.1 billion Purple Line light-rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton, he did not guarantee it would be built. First, a new funding structure involving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties had to be resolved, reducing the burden on the state treasury. Then new technical and ...
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Updated 7:45 a.m., Dec. 9 D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser next week will unveil the District’s plan, known as Vision Zero, to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024, according to her top transportation official. The news comes as safety advocates are publicly expressing impatience with a three-month delay in the plan’s release. Bowser promised to make Washingt...
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When Muriel Bowser ran for mayor last year, she promised to embrace the goals of the Vision Zero program to eliminate all traffic fatalities — drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Two months after taking office, the new mayor officially adopted the program already undertaken by at least six other U.S. cities, and soon promised her administration would release i...
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When single-occupant drivers start paying rush hour tolls to use I-66 inside the Beltway in 2017, their dollars will pay for public transit and carpooling improvements in the corridor, an arrangement unpopular with commuters and politicians trying to stop Virginia from tolling the congested interstate highway. But the arrangement is moving forward. By a 13-7 vote, the Northe...
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Two Montgomery County officials are urging Metro to make changes to Shady Grove station to alleviate long-running crowding concerns. In a letter to the Metro board of directors and transit authority leaders, County Council members Roger Berliner and Sidney Katz said commuters feel “particularly unsafe when they are stuck at the edge of the crowd just inches from the edge o...
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Another calendar year is about to pass without streetcar service on H Street and Benning Road Northeast. It is all but guaranteed that the delay-plagued, $200 million project will not open in 2015, despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s assurances to the contrary that she would ride the 2.4-mile line in her first year in office. She made her remarks during an appearance on ...
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Kindness and care are among what riders want when the trains break down and delays mount, at least according to the transit authority’s top customer service official. “What they're looking for is a more human, a more humanized experience where their interaction with our employees is more empathetic and more kind,” said Lynn Bowersox during a presentation to Metro’s b...
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Congress is close to passing the first long-term bill since 2005 to fund the upkeep of the nation's highways and transit systems. The pot of money that funds transportation will run dry at the end of the week, so the Senate and House have just days to approve a five-year, $305 billion dolla...
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There is good news for commuters as Metro’s budget season gets underway. The agency’s $3 billion proposal to fund both day-to-day operating expenses and major rehabilitation projects for next year would not raise fares, cut rail, bus, or MetroAccess service,...
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Federal officials are investigating a complaint about potentially dangerous platform crowding in the Metrorail system, an early test of their new relationship with the D.C. region’s transit authority after assuming direct safety oversight of Metro in October. “Metro is so close to a deadly incident,” said the complaint filed with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA...
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Metro’s 13,000 employees officially have a new boss today. It is the first day on the job for newly hired general manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, who faces a plethora of problems and enormous expectations to help turnaround the region’s sprawling public transit authority. But riders may have to be patient. The source of so many of the daily problems that delay commu...
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Just days after signing a contract, Metro’s new general manager Paul Wiedefeld reached out to a new riders’ group, following through on an early promise to meet all stakeholders in the D.C. region’s wide-reaching public transit system. Wiedefeld and the WMATA Riders Union...
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Despite a record low fatality rate, staggering numbers of motorists, pedestrians, and bike riders continue to die on the nation’s roads, spurring top safety officials to call on states to pass stricter distracted driving and helmet laws. 32,675 people died in traffic crashes in 2014 — including close to 5,000 pedestrians and more than 700 bicyclists, according to a ...