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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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Complaint Forms D.C. Office of Human Rights D.C. Taxicab Commission Five weeks after creating an easier process for residents to complain about racial discrimination by D.C. taxi drivers, human rights officials a...
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More parking spaces for cars and bicycles are coming to two of the new Silver Line Metro stations in Tysons Corner. As WAMU 88.5 has reported, there was a shortage of bike spaces at the McLean station on Rt. 123 in Tysons. But now Metro says it will add 20 bike rac...
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While the District may seem focused on big projects such as the streetcar, little things also mean a lot to the city’s aging population, like repaired sidewalks. The city has had a long backlog of sidewalks that need repair. "A poorly maintained sidewalk is a tremendous barrier to a senior who is fearful of tripping and falling," says Cheryl Cort, policy director at ...
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By contrast, on a typical day, the temporary lot at the McLean Metro is wide open with parking spots. (Martin Di Caro/WAMU) Six weeks after the Silve...
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Another shot has been fired in the D.C. taxi price wars. On a float towed by a pickup truck through Chinatown, the new paid spokesman for the e-hailing app Hailo bellowed in to a microphone. It's activist and frequent political candidate Jimmy McMillan, who made his name with his "The Rent is Too Damn High" slogan in New York. ...
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Uber says the D.C. Taxicab Commission is abusing its power. The commission says its inspectors simply are stopping illegal activity. Another dispute pitting the tech company against District regulators is unfolding after several drivers employed by the popular “ridesharing” service UberX were ticketed and towed by hack inspectors outside the Fannie Mae building on Wiscon...
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The bustling commercial strip of H Street Northeast in Washington sees cars, buses, delivery trucks — and soon — a streetcar will open. But where will bicycles be able to squeeze in? Operator training continues on H Street, making streetcars an increasingly common sight along...
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Summer is over, vacations are done, and school has started. That means it’s Terrible Traffic Tuesday, the annual post-Labor Day test of your nerves after the August respite. AAA MidAtlantic’s Lon Anderson says the usual bottlenecks will be horrible. "Anybody who is familiar with the Capital Beltway knows that in the mornings it is going to be the westbound, out...
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The Labor Day weekend getaway is underway. Close to 850,000 area residents are traveling for the last holiday weekend of the summer season, according to an estimate by AAA MidAtlantic. And about 87 percent of them are going to be on the road. So that's 735,000 people driving away this holiday weekend, and most of them are of course of the road today, Friday. AAA...
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Here is some advice for motorists on H Street Northeast in Washington: beware the streetcar. Day in, day out, streetcars are whirring up and down H Street, until this happens: ...
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“They are trying to destroy our business.” Mention Uber to any taxi driver in Washington, D.C. and those words may form his response. “They are not legal. They don’t have a license to work in D.C. They take our fares,” continued the cabbie who pulled over and chatted with a reporter in the Columbia Heights neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. Uber h...
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For the sixth time since 2009 Metro has augmented bus service on one of the region’s busiest mass transit routes — 16th Street Northwest in Washington, where its S line buses carry more than 20,000 passengers per day. On Monday, Metro deployed additional 60-foot articulated coaches, replacing five standard 40-foot buses each hour during the peak travel times, in an effor...
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Metro’s efforts to regain the confidence of the riding public was dealt another setback last week upon the announcement by federal prosecutors in D.C. that the transit authority agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. While making measurable progress in improving the reliability of its track and signaling infrastructure, Metro’s financial manag...
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With so many construction sites in Washington, pedestrians and bicyclists often find themselves face-to-face with signs that read "sidewalk closed," and sometimes there's no safe way to walk around it. But that is supposed to change soon. A fine example of what's wrong with pedestrian safety in D.C. can be found about two blocks north of the Van Ness Metro station in Northwe...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission unveiled a plan to bring vehicle-for-hire services to underserved neighborhoods in the form of “courtesy vans,” a concession by officials that most regular cab drivers will continue to refuse to go to certain areas of the District — mostly poorer, minority neighborhoods east of the Anacostia — despite the law requiring taxis serve all parts of the c...
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Three weeks after Metro’s Silver Line started carrying passengers between Northern Virginia and Washington, commuters are giving it mixed reviews. John Spencer parks his car at the Reston South Park and Ride before the sun comes up and walks a short way to the bus stop — the first part of a commute that has grown longer. "The big change is it takes a little bit...
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Montgomery County transportation officials are withdrawing their request to kill plans to build a subterranean passage for a popular biking and walking trail, after advocates objected to the lack of public notice about the move. The county department of transportation ...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission says it does not have enough hack inspectors to stop “rideshare” drivers from illegally picking up street hails, an issue frustrating metered cabbies who say the emergence of UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar is draining their customer base. A ride for cash, off the books Proposed regulations governing the on-demand, app-based car services ...
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Metro’s answer to Blue Line riders who have asked the transit authority to restore rush hour trains that were cut to make way for the Silver Line is: there is simply no more room. The Rosslyn tunnel, the rail system’s worst chokepoint, can handle no more than 26 trains per rush hour. Now that Orange, Silver, and Blue are sharing the tracks only five of those trains may b...
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We've all heard this warning more times than we can remember: don't drink and drive. Yet the federal government says more than 10,000 Americans die each year in drunk driving crashes, and now, the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown is underway. If familiar-sounding warnings about the danger of killing yourself or someone else do not deter you, or if the fina...