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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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New calls to shift oversight of the Washington region’s public transit system to the Federal Railroad Administration are raising questions about that agency’s record of enforcing safety rules, and whether the change would mark a real improvement over the current oversight setup. On Sept. 30 the National Transportation Safety Board ...
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From the vantage point of D.C. and Arlington, the plan to charge high tolls on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway may seem like the right way to keep out one of the causes of congestion: people driving alone to work. But from the perspective of the suburbs, where some commuters say they don't have an alternative to driving, charging $9 to use I-66 east of the Beltway during mor...
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A proposal to cut rush hour service on four of six lines in order to reduce wait times on the Blue Line is dead, just three months after Metro management floated the “rail optimization plan.” The plan provoked opposition among riders and within Metro over a range o...
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Derailments, track fires and frozen subway doors. Deferred maintenance, financial distress and federal safety investigations. Public doubt about the future of a once-proud transit system. That description fits the Metro of 2015, but it also was the ordeal facing the New York City subways in the early 1980s — a situation so dire the very survival of the system was at stake....
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Metro should have its next leader in November, according to D.C. Council member Jack Evans. Evans is one of four Metro board members deciding on the finalists under consideration to be the transit authority's next general manager. On WAMU's The Politics Hour Friday, Evans sa...
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Metro Connection Segments In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing? ...
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The current federal oversight of the D.C. region's subway system is not strong enough. That was the word from the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday. The NTSB is issuing an urgent recommendation to transfer oversight of Metrorail to the Federal Railroad Administration. It cites that agency's "robust inspection, regulatory and enforcement authority" of passenger l...
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Listen up if you use Metro’s Orange, Silver, or Blue Line to commute into D.C.: Another service change is going into effect this morning. It's designed to reduce delays caused by a transformer fire near Stadium-Armory station. During the morning and afternoon rush ...
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Metro needs 954 working railcars to operate at full capacity during rush hour, but data released by the transit agency show that the fleet rarely has enough. Despite the completion of a summer maintenance program, raising hopes that additional eight-car trains would...
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Repairs to a severely damaged power substation will take at least six months, leaving riders on Metro's Blue, Orange, and Silver lines faced with the possibility of extensive daily delays until the spring, officials with the D.C. region's transit system announced on Thursday. A transformer fire at the substation near Stadium-Armory station on Monday sapped the tracks shared ...
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Pope Francis left the people of the Washington, D.C. region with a lot to reflect upon in faith and politics, but he unintentionally may have revealed an important lesson about freeing up the roads, too. When regional leaders discuss traffic congestion the focus frequently falls upon major highway and transit projects that take billions of dollars and many years to build. Bu...
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This story has been updated. Metro, the D.C. region’s transit authority, has received approval for its “corrective action plan” designed to implement 91 measures to improve the safety of its rail and bus operations, federal officials announced on Thursday. After the Federal Transit Administration released ...
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Metro passed the test. The pressure was on after weeks of unreliable rail service. But America's second-busiest subway system successfully handled the throngs of admirers who flocked to see Pope Francis on Wednesday. The pontiff celebrated his first Mass in the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast D.C., an...
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Service is restored on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines following a major disruption Monday morning. Pope Francis In D.C. Full coverage from WAMU and NPR A transformer fire at a Metro power substation near Stadium-Armory...
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Final preparations are underway for Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. He is supposed to arrive in Washington tomorrow afternoon. While the Pontiff is in town, commuters are being advised to ditch their cars for the train, or just work from home. Pope Francis In D.C. ...
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Expanding I-66 inside the Beltway eventually will be necessary to meet Virginia’s goal of congestion relief in the corridor, says the commonwealth’s top transportation official. “There is some traffic management we can do, but eventually there's going to be expansion needed,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne in remarks to reporters Thursday at V...
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Updated 7:40 a.m., Sept. 17 The agency that operates Reagan National and Dulles International airports formally ended taxicabs’ exclusive access on Wednesday by approving designated waiting areas for ride-hailing drivers nearby the terminals, effective Nov. 1. The unanimous vote by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board of directors ended ...
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Some temporary relief is coming to motorists on congestion-plagued Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia, even as state transportation officials continue to formulate long-term plans to manage traffic on the highway. Wednesday at noon the Virginia Department of Transportation is launching a $38 million “active traffic manageme...
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With the Pope's visit one week away, D.C. officials are preparing for large crowds, road closures, packed trains and extensive detours. Monday, the District Department of Transportation and Metro held a joint news conference to explain their game plans. ...
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Metrorail riders may receive a little relief Monday morning after a summer of discontent. The transit authority is increasing the number of 8-car trains in service during rush hour after keeping additional railcars off the main line for repairs on Mondays and Fridays. Metro’s top rail engineer, Rob Troup, confirmed the extra maintenance program was completed. Whe...