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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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Related Stories WAMU Series: The Return Of Streetcars To D.C. It Might Be Desired, But In D.C. It's A Streetcar Named... Delay...
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When smoke overcame a Yellow Line train near L’Enfant Plaza station in January, precious minutes were lost in the response. And now Metro is announcing a change at the subway system’s nerve center designed to speed up the emergency response—a full-time fire/rescue liaison. The new liaison, ...
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This is Part One of two-part series. Part Two deals with residents' reactions to the timeline. After years of hollow promises and missed deadlines, the managers of the D.C. streetcar project in Northeast Washington took a new approach since Mayor Muriel Bowser ap...
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Metro Connection Segments D.C.'s Once Segregated Public Pools are More Mixed, But for How Long? ...
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Companies Receiving Cease and Desist Notification Dove Cab Maine Cab Sun Cab United Cab Washingtonian Cab This story was updated at 11:40 a.m. Five Washington cab companies will be issued cease and desist orders for failing to meet a June 30 deadline...
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Updated 9:15 a.m., July 15 The D.C. region’s transit system’s tumultuous year has been marked by troubling disclosures of safety gaps and deep divisions among its regional leadership over whom Metro should hire as its next general manager. But following a private meeting with the nation’s top transportation official on Tuesday, Washington’s mayor and the gov...
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Top Virginia transportation officials on Wednesday will present the findings of a study started in 2013 examining traffic volumes over the Potomac River (pdf) and will recommend to a key panel that the state pursue extending the 495 Express Lanes over the American Legion Bridge into Maryland....
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A 90-day test program for a modern fare payment system at Metro train stations, buses, and parking lots has left the transit authority’s leadership unimpressed and considering dumping it altogether, pending more testing and further review. Full implementation of the $250 million system already is a projected $44 million over budget, and although 3,000 Metro riders signed u...
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Metro wants feedback on its proposal to cut rail service on four lines, while increasing service on the Blue Line — and some riders are ready to weigh in. If riders think trains are too crowded now, Metro projects they will be even more crowded if this proposal is ever adopted. That's why the agency wants to hear from the public. "I would tell Metro to look at ot...
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Related Stories WAMU Series: The Return Of Streetcars To D.C. It Might Be Desired, But In D.C. It's A Streetcar Named... Delay...
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The D.C. region’s transit authority has reached a “significant milestone” in complying with federal financial standards, according to a letter by the chairman of Metro’s board of directors to the heads of the transportation departments in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. The letter was obtained by WAMU 88.5. Although Metro has provided documentation for 65 corrective act...
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Updated 8 a.m., July 9 There is no disagreement that Reagan National Airport generates noise affecting neighborhoods along the Potomac River, but there remains no consensus among homeowners and public officials on whether the noise actually has worsened in recent years. All sides have agreed to keep talking, though. Local residents made their case Wednesday to rep...
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This story was updated at 1:25 p.m. Even as it threatens 15 cab companies with license revocation for failing to meet a deadline to convert 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles, the D.C. Taxicab Commission has yet to spend a penny out of $750,000 allocated by the District Council two years ago for the purpose of increasing accessibili...
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Andrea Ramirez does not appreciate her new “alarm clock.” “Especially the 5 o’clock airplanes, everybody in the house wakes up,” says the mother of two youngsters in Foxhall Village along the Potomac River. “There is a new American Airlines flight to Chicago leaving Reagan National at 5:05 and by the reservoir had only gained altitude to 1,900 feet. The...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission is ordering 21 cab companies to cease all operations by July 15 for failing to meet a deadline to convert at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The companies have 14 days to appeal. After receiving questions over two days from WAMU 88.5 about the June 30 deadline, the commission sent out a news release late Wednesday...
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Metro is considering cutting rush hour trains on four of six lines as part of a systemwide proposal to optimize rail service. The plan is designed to restore capacity to the transit authority’s most crowded line, the Blue Line, by running trains less frequently on the Green, Yellow, Orange, and Silver lines during peak travel periods. The proposal comes at a time when overa...
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a major shift in state transportation spending to prioritize the maintenance and expansion of roads and bridges over investment in mass transit projects. While unveiling plans to spend $2 billion on roads — including $845 million on entirely new projects — at an Annapolis news conference on Thursday, the governor finally revealed h...
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Full Coverage: NTSB Hearings Day 1: Thousands Of Documents, But No 'Solid Conclusions' ...
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The D.C. region’s subway system is coming under scrutiny for a second day as the National Transportation Safety Board continues hearings into the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza in January. Metro leaders say they’re good at analyzing problems after they happen, but they’re trying to get better at diagnosing safety issues before they lead to accidents or injuri...
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On Jan. 12 there was no single point of failure that left scores of coughing, vomiting passengers stuck inside a smoke-filled tunnel about 400 feet south of Metro’s L’Enfant Plaza station platform. Instead, a cascade of problems and mistakes marked the harrowing incident, which included the death of Carol Glover, 62, of Alexandria. That chaotic picture emerged from the fi...