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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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Washington-area airports are the first in the nation to begin using new technology to get travelers to and from their destinations faster. The NextGen satellite-based air traffic control system is designed to save time and fuel by replacing the usual radar system for landing aircraft with more modern equipment. NextGen is described as a highway in the sky that all...
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Bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington will have to wait until 2015 for help when it comes to collecting compensation for injuries sustained in traffic crashes. Legislation to overhaul D.C.'s contributory negligence bill has been tabled until next year. A D.C. Council committee voted 3-1 to shelve the bill that was opposed by the insurance industry and trial lawyers alike. ...
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AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 1 million Washington area residents will travel this Thanksgiving for the fifth consecutive year. So when is the best time to beat the traffic? It turns out the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is not the worst time to leave, according to Ben Hampton, a transportation planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. "Typically peopl...
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As Uber attempts to recover from the worst week in its short history, some of its customers are divorcing the on-demand transportation platform. Have you, or do you plan...
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Legislation to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in Washington is on hold until next year. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) decided to pull the bill from consideration during the last weeks of the legislative session, citing a lack of time to resolve all outstanding issues. Determining how much to assess app-based, on-demand taxi service...
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Northern Virginia's next new toll road is almost ready for motorists, but the company building the highway says motorists aren't ready for it. The 95 Express Lanes will run 30 miles between Stafford and Fairfax counties, a stretch of interstate highway used by more than 200,000 motorists a day. All of those drivers will need an E-ZPass transponder if they opt to travel the new...
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The replacement of decades-old, broken down elevators and escalators may be the most visible piece of Metro’s recovery from the days of decay and deferred maintenance. The new units certainly are front and center in Metro’s public relations campaign to show its customers the rail system is improving, as each new project usually is accompanied by a press release trumpetin...
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Thousands of miles of bike lanes and pedestrian pathways are planned for the Washington region over the next several decades. The aim is to get people out of their cars and onto bikes or walking paths for the many short trips they make each day. If you stand along 15th Street Northwest in downtown D.C., you would see hundreds of cyclists using the protected, two-way bike lan...
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Arlington County has pulled the plug on its streetcar plan for the Columbia Pike corridor. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette announced the decision today — a shocking turn of course for a system that a majority of board members defended even as public opposition grew. Fisette sa...
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Uber is lobbying to change proposed legislation designed to increase the paltry number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in Washington, because the bill could “place excessive regulatory burdens on private vehicle-for-hire companies,” a spokesman for the tech company said. The For-Hire Vehicle Ac...
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Another vote has been postponed to end a law that prevents pedestrians and bike riders from collecting injury compensation in traffic crashes in Washington. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) says he will keep pushing his proposal to end the District’s contributory negligence statute — even though currently there’s not enough support to pass it. "This...
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Construction of Phase II of the Silver Line to Dulles Airport is in the very early stages, but changes already are being made could drive up the cost of the $2.7 billion project. In any large project, there are change orders. A change order is work added to the original scope of a contract, and the Silver Line to Dulles will be no different. At issue is just how much the cha...
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#ConcertForValor at the other end of the mall, far from the stage. pic.twitter.com/DBkO1aHJBc— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) Nove...
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The insurance industry and trial lawyers remain opposed to a proposal in D.C. that would help injured pedestrians and bicyclists receive compensation after traffic crashes. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) says he intends to hold a vote on his bill tomorrow despite the possibility it doesn't have enough votes to pass. Yesterday he sat down with opponents...
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Past Streetcar Coverage Decisions On Streetcar Await The District's Next Mayor As Streetcar Testing Winds Down, S...
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The final segment of Maryland’s $3 billion highway connecting I-270/I-370 in Montgomery County to I-95 in Prince George’s County opened Monday morning. The last 1.5 miles of the Intercounty Connector stretches east from I-95 to Route 1 in Laurel. The project also was designed to improve access to the Muirkirk MARC Station, according to a statement by the Maryland State H...
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Time is running out on an effort to change a D.C. law that prevents pedestrians and bicyclists from being compensated for injuries sustained in traffic crashes. A D.C. Council committee has postponed until Wednesday a key vote on a bill by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) that would end what’s called contributory negligence: injured bikers and pedestrians can’t rece...
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It appears legislation to help cyclists and pedestrians receive compensation for crash injuries will stall before a D.C. Council committee on Friday. Council member Tommy Wells wants to change a law that allows insurance companies to deny a claim if the cyclist or pedestrian is found to be even 1 percent at fault. It will be the third effort to eliminate the "contributory n...
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The unexpected victory by Republican Larry Hogan in the race for Maryland governor spurred an immediate negative reaction from some transit advocates. They say Hogan may try to kill projects such as the Purple Line in Montgomery County. But they may be overreacting....
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Whoever wins today’s mayoral election in D.C. will face big decisions about the District’s single biggest transportation project: the streetcar. The first 2.5 miles of streetcar tracks on H Street and Benning Road in Northeast Washington were never intended to be it. They were always just the start, says Gabe Klein, who ran the District Department of Transportation duri...