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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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The Kalmia Road Bridge — a busy road that's used to cut across Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C. — is closer to reopening to traffic. When the District Department of Transportation closed the part of Kalmia Road connecting East Beach Drive with West Beach Drive back in October, the ...
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If you stand at a bus stop on 16th Street NW south of the U Street intersection after 8 a.m. on a typical weekday, there’s a good chance the next S line bus heading downtown will not stop to pick you up. It’s nothing personal. The driver simply cannot fit any more passengers on board. ...
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The effort to rebuild Metro’s Red Line is showing progress but years remain of work to clear a backlog a deferred maintenance, a top transit authority official told a group of transit advocates in Silver Spring on Tuesday. Rob Troup, Metro’s deputy general manager for operations, addressed a gathering of the Action Committee for Transit, an advocacy group that supports p...
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As supporters of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties applaud the U.S. Department of Transportation’s move to recommend the light rail project for $100 million in federal funding in FY2015, opponents say the Obama administration is failing to investigate the environmental impacts posed by the $2.4 billion project. Major step forward...
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Commuters who use the congested 11th Street Bridge toward downtown D.C. will get some long-awaited relief on Friday. A third lane will open on the bridge's inbound span. District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cherie Gibson says the extra lane will increase capacity by 50 percent for traffic coming off the bridge onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. "The...
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Maryland's plan to build a 16-mile light rail line from Bethesda to New Carrollton got a big lift from the federal government today. The Purple Line is on the list of transit projects federal transportation officials say should receive funding from Congress. Therese McMillan, the acting head of the Federal Transit Administration, announced the agency is recommending the Purple...
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A new report on pedestrian fatalities is being released today — and the news isn't good. Total pedestrian fatalities in the D.C. region increased during the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period the year prior, according to a nationwide study released today by the Governor's Highway...
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Built-up snow and ice that jammed a door on a single rail car on a single train caused thousands of in-bound commuters to be delayed on the Red Line from Shady Grove station to White Flint station on Tuesday morning. Commuters were left waiting for more than 25 minutes on outdoor platforms in the frigid morning air while Metro operators moved the m...
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An axiom of U.S. transportation policy since the construction of the interstate highway system — to relieve congestion build more lanes — may be giving way to the realization that states cannot pave their way out of the problem. People are driving less as measured by vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the enormous cost of expanding lanes may be seen as prohibitive. But the ...
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Metrobus schedule for Tuesday Metrobus will be operating on a severe snow service plan on Tuesday. Only the following routes will have bus service: District of Columbia: 32, 36, 52, 54, 70, 90, 92, A6/A8, S2, X2 Maryland: 83, A12, C4, C22, D12, F4, J2, K6, P12, Q1, T18, Y9, Z8 ...
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The 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia are bleeding money. Since opening on Nov. 17, 2012 the EZ Pass-only toll lanes running 14 miles along the Beltway between the I-95/I-395 interchange and Dulles Toll Road have struggled to attract motorists. And although the number of drivers using the lanes and toll revenues show steady growth, both figures continue to fall below th...
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Metro received a major commitment from the leaders of its three jurisdictions on Wednesday in the form of a promise of funding to upgrade the rail system’s capacity. After Gov. Martin O’Malley, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray met privately in Arlington, the three Democratic executives told reporters at a news conference they had reached an agreement in ...
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The lead contractor building Phase I of the Silver Line Metrorail project has yet to submit a timeline for rectifying several significant problems delaying the opening of the rail system from D.C. through Tysons Corner to Reston, Va. One reason why the Silver Line is not ready to b...
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The storm that buried the Washington metropolitan area on Feb. 13 made traveling a mess, but bike and pedestrian advocates say there is another way of looking at the snow since plowed into piles at street corners that could benefit urban planners. The aftermath of the storm provided a template for improved streetscapes by creating “snow neckdowns,” or as they became known ...
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Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro gives us an update on the Silver Line's potential opening date. Also, we'll find out how some D.C. cabbies are getting around new credit card mandates, and why some politicians are raising new questions about the much-debated Purple Line project in Maryland. [Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Quicksilver...
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Tomorrow marks the last day on the job for one of D.C.'s most influential public officials, who is leaving her District office to take a job in the Obama administration. In her eight years heading the Office of Planning, Harriet Tregoning says she has tried to make the city's neighborhoods more livable by making them friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists, places where residen...
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The head of the D.C. Taxicab Commission says a significant number of cab drivers are still refusing to accept their passengers' credit cards. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says her daughter was told by a cab driver: "Sorry, cash only." "She said you know what? I am going to go into my house now and get you the cash, but I am going to report you to the Taxica...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is days away from making a key determination about the completion of the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner. The airports authority has until Monday to determine whether it accepts contractor Bechtel's finding that the Silver Line is ready to hand to Metro for final testing. Pat Nowakowsi is the rail pr...
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Three of the candidates running to succeed Democrat Martin O’Malley as Maryland’s governor plus the running mate of a fourth stated their support for the $2.2 billion Purple Line project at a candidates forum in Silver Spring Tuesday, but they conceded questions concerning funding and operation of the proposed 16-mile light rail system from Bethesda to New Carrollton remain to be ...
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Unlike his recent predecessors, Virginia's new secretary of transportation will have the advantage of adequate funding — possibly not enough for all the commonwealth’s road and rail needs, but a large infusion of tax revenues nonetheless thanks to the passage of a transportation funding overhaul by the General Assembly. By eliminating the state gas tax and increasing the state sal...