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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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Even as repairs proceed and both sides insist the structure is safe despite cracking concrete, Montgomery County officials and Metro leaders remain at odds over the Silver Spring Transit Center, appearing no closer to solving key problems plaguing a facility already years behind schedule and millions over budget. Money has emerged as the prickliest issue surrounding the tra...
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Quietly and rapidly, one of the first streetcars that will carry passengers in Washington, D.C. in more than 50 years accelerates on a test track adjacent to a highway. Sleek and swift, the narrow red and gray vehicle effortlessly speeds up to 30 miles per hour, its ride smooth and even. Then the engineer at the controls tests the emergency brake, and everyone aboard braces themselves...
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The first major re-write of D.C.'s Zoning Code since it was established in 1958 is drawing closer to completion. One week from today the Office of Planning is expected to hand over its final proposals to the Zoning Commission after six years of work. D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning stunned the smart growth community when she made this announcement on The Kojo Nnam...
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It turns out that residents in parts of southern Prince George's County won't lose water service after all, but mandatory water restrictions remain in place. Businesses in Maryland's National Harbor are getting things back on track sooner than they expected. Hotels are closed, storefronts are dark and the streets are silent but for the rumble of the engines TV news trucks. Nat...
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They haven't figured out how to pay for the project yet, but the Arlington County Board has passed a key vote to move ahead on the Columbia Pike Streetcar. The 4-to-1 vote at the Arlington County Board meeting was not for the final approval of the streetcar project. That has already happened—twice—in 2006 and again last year. This vote affirmed a new agreement with Fairf...
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At an age when many people are enjoying retirement, James T. Smith is starting a new job. Following a long career in government service as a judge and Democratic office holder, Smith, 71, became Maryland's Secretary of Transportation in early June, filling a post that had been open for one year following the resignation of Beverley Swaim-Staley. In an interview with WAMU 88....
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An Orange Line train with a brake problem caused massive problems on the Blue and Orange Lines last night, prompting an apology from Metro. Some riders took to Twitter to complain that it took more than three hours to get home. Passengers were stuck on the disabled train outside the Clarendon station for an hour and a half. Platforms were packed, single-tracking trains were ja...
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In Maryland, repairs may begin next week on the Silver Spring Transit Center. When Montgomery County released a report in March that found excessive cracking in concrete and inadequate reinforcing steel among a litany of problems, the Silver Spring Transit Center, already two years behind schedule, seemed like a lost project. There was finger pointing. The lead contractor F...
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One of the District's busiest avenues will be studied for possible safety improvements. As pedestrians amble down Florida Avenue Northeast, traffic whizzes by just a few feet away. The road is six lanes wide, the sidewalk just a few feet wide. "You can see those kids riding those bikes on the sidewalks. When you have deaf people walking there is a potential for the...
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As the McDonnell administration's plan to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia has morphed into the most contentious transportation issue in the region, its opponents — who disparagingly label the proposed road an "outer beltway" — have leveled the charge that the Bi-County Parkway is being rammed through the approval process by and for the benefit of real estate...
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D.C. regulators are assuring the paying public that all cabs licensed in the District will be able to accept both credit card and smart phone payments by the end of summer, after a demonstration to show the new technology coming to all taxis actually works. Two tech companies, Uber and ...
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After six years of work, the first major rewrite of Washington, D.C.'s zoning code since 1958 is inching closer to approval. This comes in the face of opposition from some residents and neighborhood associations who claim proposed changes may squeeze an already tight supply of parking spaces in the city. Office of Planning sticks to their guns On Tuesd...
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Despite all its problems, a majority of District-area residents have a favorable view of Metro, according to a Washington Post poll. Sleepy-faced commuters quietly waited for their Red Line tr...
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority would receive another installment of federal funds to rebuild its aging rail system under an appropriations bill approved by a Senate panel on Thursday. The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., approved $150 million for WMATA, the fifth installment in a 10-year, $1.5 billion package to re...
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Fixing Interstate 66 is one of the most pressing transportation problems in Northern Virginia, and the commonwealth is asking the private sector for help. The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking the private sector for ideas on how to improve traffic flow on the notoriously congested I-66.  One of the concepts VDOT is exploring is turning the current HOV lane i...
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This morning's bear chase in Northwest D.C. has come to an end. A small black bear evaded sweat-stained animal control and police officers for a couple hours. The officers chased the animal through dozens of properties in the Spring Valley, a wooded neighborhood near Rock Creek Park. "There is thick bamboo back there. There are thickets. We were jumping over fences...
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Despite the lack of on-the-ground progress for more than two years, District transportation officials say the Metropolitan Branch Trail is not languishing in planning rooms and that funding has been budgeted to complete the D.C. portion of the eight-mile, off-street bicycling and pedestrian path. The MBT currently winds its...
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Anyone who's wasted away hours of their life in traffic on the Capital Beltway can relate to this: psychologists say the activity that takes away from our daily happiness more than any other is commuting. Long commutes are stressful, make us fatter and harm our marriages. A slew of recent studies detail the negative consequences. According to the blog "Priceonomics," all the...
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Although construction of Phase I of the Silver Line Metro rail to Reston, Va. is coming to a close, the task of paying for the massive project is far from over—and officials are looking for ways to relieve the burden on taxpayers. Loudoun County is on the hook for $168 million—four percent of the Silver Line's total cost—to build parking garages for the planned Silver ...
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Homeowners and environmentalists are mobilizing to slow down the McDonnell administration's push to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia. That road, dubbed an "outer beltway" would connect Prince William and Loudoun Counties, brush the western fringe of Manassas Battlefield and arcing west of — and eventually connecting to — Dulles Airport. Martin Di Caro explain...