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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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Before he departs in January, soon-to-be retired Metro general manager Richard Sarles would like to secure some promises that could solve one of the transit authority’s most pressing challenges of the next decade: crowded trains and forecasts of increasing ridership. Only about one-third of Metro rush hour trains have eight cars as opposed to the usual six-car train that r...
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Metro says it has reached a safety milestone by returning its train to automatic operations, taking the acceleration and braking of trains out of the herky-jerky hands of humans. But the transition from manual to computer-controlled operations will take years. After nine people were killed in Metro’s worst-ever disaster on June 22, 2009, the transit authority shut down its...
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Here he is moments after news broke that he'll retire next year, Metro GM Richard Sarles. @wusa9 @wamu885news pic.twitter.com/7guaBGBjcB— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) ...
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The days of herky-jerky train rides on Metro are numbered. The transit authority’s top engineer will update Metro’s board of directors this morning on plans to return the starting and stopping of trains to computers, known as Automatic Train Operation (ATO), for th...
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The D.C. Circulator buses may soon reach more places you want to be in the city. For just $1, tourist and commuters alike have been riding Circulator buses since 2005. Folks like them because they are cheap and make fewer stops. Now, the District Department of Transportation wants to expand four of the five ex...
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Monday, many commuters left their cars at home for Car-Free Day. But for many residents of Washington, every day is car-free day. Ann DeSanctis is 26, works in the nonprofit sector, and move to D.C. a couple years ago. She does not own a car. Instead she rides her bike six miles to work every morning. "One of the reasons I came was...
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The rise of the “ridesharing” service UberX is bleeding traditional taxicabs in Washington. Although precise District-wide data is not available, taxicab company managers and individual drivers said their business is down at least 20 percent — and in some cases much more — because they cannot compete with the unregulated, low-price competition of UberX. One...
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The way cars, bicyclists and pedestrians share the road in Washington is a touchy subject. A Washington Post columnist recently ignited a furor after he called bicyclists "bullies." Bike riders fired back, saying they are frequent victims of aggressive drivers. Meanwhile, D.C. police are trying to act as referees. Stand on a downtown D.C. corner during morning rush hour and ...
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The western terminus of the planned Purple Line — a 16-mile, $2.4 billion light rail system connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s County — in downtown Bethesda may not be as spacious and accessible as planners and transit advocates wanted. Montgomery County executive Ike Leggett says he is dropping long-running plans to facilitate the sale of the Apex Building prop...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s new Silver Line project chief sought to assure the public on Wednesday that an environmental design change to the second phase of the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport will not further burden taxpayers and toll payers. Charles Stark, newly hired to oversee the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project at MWAA, said a $548 millio...
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Do you think the streetcar will be open by November? D.C.’s first streetcar line since 1962 is approaching a critical, final testing phase before opening to the public....
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The agency overseeing the construction of the second phase of the Silver Line Metrorail to Dulles Airport has decided to make a major change to the rail extension’s design to comply with new state environmental regulations, potentially adding cost and time to the project’s completion. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which ran the construction of th...
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Related story DDOT Report Ambiguous On Arkansas Avenue Rush Hour Travel Lane For at least the fourth time in the past year, the design of Arkansas Avenue Northwest led to a crash that damaged parked cars, resid...
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Metro riders have been waiting a long time for new rail cars to replace the ones that have been in use since the transit system’s inception — and they'll have to wait at least a couple months longer. Metro’s trumpeted 7000-series rail cars — modern and sleek, no carpets but comfy seats — were supposed to start carrying passengers by the end of the year. But the tra...
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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...