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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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Each day the partial government shutdown drags on, it eats a hole in Metro's budget, but the transit authority says it will continue to maintain normal service levels, at least for now. Rail ridership is down 15 to 20 percent as federal workers stay home, and that's costing Metro ...
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It's Metro's policy to consider raising fares every other year. Fare revenue pays for part of the transit authority's $1.6 billion operating budget — and 70 percent of that pays employees salaries, benefits, and pensions. "It takes people to run trains, it takes people to maintain trains, it takes people to run buses, it takes people to maintain buses," says Metro general...
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The government shutdown is carving a big hole in Metro's budget. After a fiscal year that saw rail fare revenues fall below projections and overall rail ridership drop 4 percent, WMATA is losing about 20 percent of its ridership each day as federal workers say home. Metro, like any agency, has to balance its budget and pay its staff, as well as maintain its system. As Martin Di Caro r...
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A group of taxi drivers is suing the District government. The class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington claims the taxi modernization program mandated by the D.C. Taxicab Commission violates the drivers' constitutional rights. The group of five cabbies claims the new data tracking system installed in all taxis infringes on the drivers' and passengers' pr...
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Rank Location Total Crimes Jan-Aug 2013 1 Brookland 44 2 Deanwood 41 3 Minnesota Avenue 40 4 Gallery Place 35 ...
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Metro continues to investigate what caused a work accident that killed a contractor on the Red Line tracks. Three days after a one-ton piece of rail struck and killed 41-year-old Harold Ingram, Metro says the root cause of the accident has not been determined. A ...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation agreed to pay the D.C.-based public relations firm Stratacomm nearly $300,000 to help the agency build public support for a controversial highway plan in Northern Virginia, according to documents obtained by a state legislator through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). State Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th), a vocal opponent of the Bi-Co...
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Virginia transportation officials say building the Bi-County Parkway will help turn Dulles Airport into a major air cargo hub, but a new study says a new highway may not make much difference. The study (pdf) by David Versel, a researcher at the George Mason University Center for Regional Analys...
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It's been fifty years since D.C. had a working streetcar line. And transportation officials say building a new streetcar system from scratch is proving to be a tricky process. The D.C. Department of Transportation takes WAMU on a tour of streetcar construction on H Street to view the challenges and disruptions of building a line along a busy corridor. Transportation reporter Martin D...
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Since hiring a D.C.-based public relations firm to improve its messaging, the Virginia Department of Transportation has stepped up its efforts to build public support for the Bi-County Parkway project, a ten-mile connection between Prince William and Loudoun Counties west of Dulles Airport and Manassas battlefield. The public relations campaign continued Tuesday night inside...
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Metro is bracing for another big hit to its bottom line, as the government shutdown will dent the transit authority's rail and bus ridership. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Metro rail ridership was down 22 percent compared to the same time last Wednesday. It's an effect that is noticeable for those who still take the train to work. "Usually there is a line here at Dupont Circ...
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Starting today every taxicab on the streets in D.C. must accept credit card and smartphone payments. D.C cabbies have had since June to install credit card readers, one piece of the D.C. Taxicab Commission's drive to modernize the taxi fleet. Despite a lot of reluctance and confusion that led to two extensions, most met today's deadline. "It is here now, so we just...
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The District Department of Transportation is launching a one-year study of a nine-mile, north-south streetcar line between Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. and Takoma in Northwest, a key segment of a planned 22-mile priority streetcar system that is supposed to be part of a District-wide transportation network with Metro buses and the D.C. Circulator. ...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } In Tysons Corner, the reinforced concrete pillars rising high above and alongside traffic-clog...
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"Extend the deadline! Extend the deadline!" they chanted. About 200 D.C. taxi drivers held a rally in Freedom Plaza Wednesday morning to demand more time to install credit card readers in their vehicles. Come next Tuesday, Oct. 1, every taxi...
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A coalition of 32 groups representing civic associations, environmental activists, smart growth advocates, and real estate developers testified in favor of constructing an 80-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) network in Montgomery County over the next decade during the first public hearing held on the issue by the County Council Tuesday night. The hearing officially began what will...
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The District is sticking with its current visitor parking pass policy, scrapping plans to overhaul the system by making the coveted passes on-demand only. "DDOT will automatically mail the pass to those residents who received the pass last year. It will continue to be free of charge. It will continue to be only one pass per household," says Monica Hernandez at the District Dep...
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Have you noticed improvement since Metro began the "Metro Forward" rehabilitation program? When Metro claimed this month that more of its 588 escalators are working th...
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Floyd Corkins, the man who plotted a mass shooting at the Family Research Council offices near Gallery Place, has been sentenced to 25 years. Leo Johnson rose in court and looked into the eyes of the man who nearly killed him. "I told Mr. Cork...